Austin City Council Stands in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Following last week’s public outcry at the Austin City Council’s virtual hearing, councilmembers unanimously backed new police reform and divestment resolutions.   On June 11, council took comments on five agenda items responding to police brutality against Black Austinites and Black Lives Matter demonstrators. Despite four councilmembers voicing lost confidence in Police Chief Brian Manley, these resolutions are only a first step toward racial justice in Austin. Resolutions Explained Ordinance 93 Ordinance 93 would amend the city code to create a Public Safety Committee in place of the former Judicial Committee. The Committee would have the power to review municipal...

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