Thank you, Greg! I'm still bewildered by the viciousness of the union's response. Please know that I'll continue to work hard for our City!! ChiefOn Facebook, the San Antonio Police Officer's Association said 97 percent of officers who responded voted no confidence.
97% of Police Officers have NO CONFIDENCE in Chief McManus. 99% of our Members stated clearly they will not return to the negotiating table while being sued. WILL THE CITY LISTEN? Or will Sheryl Sculley and Ivy Taylor sit in the safety of their City Hall offices and tell police officers their morale and voice doesn't matter?
Every city or town also has its own context. I will not allow our city's story to be that of the cities we see on the national news. We will write our own story here in San Antonio.Taylor says now is the time for solutions and that while community members might be uncomfortable and disconcerted as SAPD officers may be with changing times and expectations, firing McManus is not the solution and will only divide the city instead of bringing residents together.
Politicizing this incident and putting it in the context of what is happening in other cities is NOT the solution. Just as reverting to 20th century police techniques or protesting the very meetings that seek to provide the opportunity for constructive dialogue is NOT the solution.Echoing what Taylor said in her recent State of the City Address, she said "let's get to work" on solutions.
I won't spend time debating the existence of racism and its causes. Obviously, as an African American, I have strong views on that. However, grandstanding to score political points is not my style. I can't tell everyone what they want to hear. But I can tell you this – my goal is to restore and ensure that our San Antonio community trusts the officers who work to keep them safe AND to ensure that our SAPD have the tools and training to do their jobs effectively. We are One San Antonio and our fates are tied together. So let’s get to work on the solutions.As for those solutions, everyone seems to have different ideas.
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