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Council to hold emergency meeting

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin City Council members have called for an emergency meeting this Thursday, June 4, at 3 p.m. The meeting will address demands for police reform and concerns about Austin Police Department’s response to recent protests demanding justice for the deaths of George Floyd, Mike Ramos, and other black Americans killed by police. Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison released a statement Monday about the protests and upcoming meeting that read, in part, “I have joined my colleagues in calling for an emergency session of City Council this week to build upon the work that we have already started to root out racism in our police department and to create a truly just and truly equitable system that ensures public safety for the entire community. … When talking about meaningful change, all options should be on the table. That means we should look at accountability measures, training policies, crowd control tactics, how we equip our officers, community policing, staffing, and budgets. … The time for talk is over. We hear the collective voice of agony calling for justice and we are ready to respond.” Currently the emergency meeting agenda contains only a single item – a “briefing on protests in the city, including protocol and practices employed.” City Council does not normally take public comment on briefings. Since Council is continuing to meet remotely, those wishing to speak on agenda items must sign up by noon on Wednesday and comment via telephone. Instructions for that process can be found here.

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