'No cash from cops': Austin mayor and City Council sign onto pledge against taking money from police unions
All members of Austin City Council, Mayor Steve Adler and several other Austin-area candidates and elected officials have signed a pledge stating they will not accept political donations from police unions.
"Proud that the entire City Council has signed this pledge and is the first and only city in the country to do so," Council Member Jimmy Flannigan wrote in a text message. City Council members can only take up to $400 per election cycle from any PAC, including police unions.
The pledge has signatures from officials and candidates in 25 different states. Signatories pledged to reject donations from the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the country.
"Elected officials have a responsibility to hold police accountable for the ongoing violence and abuses of power against Black people," the pledge says. "In doing so, they must act independently from police unions and others determined to stand in the way of common-sense solutions that keep communities safe."
The pledge says politicians and elected officials of all parties have denounced the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, except for police unions.
"Workers have a fundamental right to organize and use their collective power to ensure fair treatment and compensation," according to the pledge. "Police unions are different in that they perpetuate harm by protecting violent police officers and creating barriers to officer accountability and policy change."
Additional reporting by Karen Brooks Harper
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