There’s been a movement to make police officers more accountable for misconduct — but like everything, it apparently comes with a price.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that the San Antonio police union demanded higher pay in exchange for accepting changes to their collective bargaining agreement that would have delivered stricter discipline for officer misconduct.
The Express-News notes that right now “the contract limits how far back a chief can invoke prior misconduct in punishing an officer — no more than two years in most instances — and automatically reduces suspensions of three days or less to a reprimand after two years.”
The city of San Antonio, meanwhile, wanted to change the contract so that “an entire officer’s discipline record should be allowable” and “suspensions need to remain on the record to accurately report an officer’s history and show progressive discipline.”
However, it seems that the police union won’t budge on these changes without an increase in salaries.
San Antonio City Councilman Rey Saldaña ripped the police union’s request in a message sent to the Express News.
“The mayor and I are appalled that the union would ask for payment in exchange for them to do the right thing,” he told the paper. “Also, the argument that we can somehow handle discipline language outside of the contract is legally untrue. We either bind the language through the contract or we live with the status quo for five years.”