Prop A lawsuit
Police accountability activists are taking the city of Austin to court over its refusal to implement the Austin Police Oversight Act, which voters overwhelmingly approved in May:
The suit names interim Austin Police Chief Robin Henderson, interim City Manager Jesús Garza and Gail McCant, director of the Office of Police Oversight, as defendants, alleging all three have subverted the will of voters by not implementing APOA.
Specifically, the suit argues, the city is violating its own ordinance by not allowing the Office of Police Oversight to access internal disciplinary files of officers. These files are also known as a “g file.”
“City Code … bans Austin Police Department(‘s) use of a ‘g file,’ Garza continues to allow Chief Henderson and the police department to keep information about police misconduct investigations secret and unavailable for civilian review,” the lawsuit reads.
Finally! I'm getting really tired of trying to make sense of the two competing narratives of state law. Not that state judges are incapable of interpreting the law incorrectly, but it will be nice to get some closure on this matter.
The social housing model comes to Travis County
A little-known nonprofit linked to Travis County is championing a model of housing that is common in other parts of the world but exceedingly rare in the U.S.