WHAT: Demonstration and press conference against Austin Police Brutality
WHO: Victims of police brutality at the hands of APD, their families, and supporters including Grassroots Leadership, Austin Justice Coalition, Black Sovereign Nation, Counter Balance ATX, Austin Justice Coalition, and the Texas Civil Rights Project
WHEN: Regular meeting of city council, Thursday, October 19 at 9:45 a.m. Central
WHERE: Austin City Hall Council Chamber, 301 W 2nd St.
AUSTIN — Victims of police brutality in Austin, their families, and supporters will #TakeAKnee this Thursday morning at Austin City Hall in protest of a new police contract.
Austin’s existing systems for police accountability are among the worst in the U.S. according to a report by Campaign Zero. Austin is one of only six of the nation’s largest 100 cities to fail on all six police accountability metrics outlined in the report. In an effort to address the key findings of this report and strengthen Austin’s existing Police Monitor system, community organizations developed eight key recommendations for the current police contract. But few have been seriously considered.
“Austin prides ourselves on being a progressive outlier in our state,” said Chris Harris, data analyst and campaigns coordinator at Grassroots Leadership. “But our police have the highest homicide rate among big cities in Texas since 2013 and our police contract is a big reason why. It prevents real accountability, transparency, and oversight and it needs to go.”
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Grassroots Leadership is an Austin, Texas-based national organization that works for a more just society where prison profiteering, mass incarceration, deportation and criminalization are things of the past.