Some have pointed to San Antonio’s increased violent crime rate as evidence of a crisis, but local crime experts say the city is still one of the safest big cities.
Among the hundreds of people that came to Austin to testify in opposition of Senate Bill 4 on Thursday was San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus announced a new policing initiative Wednesday to combat violent crime, which increased by 9.2% over the past year.
A “variety of leads” resulted in the arrest of Otis Tyrone McKane, the man suspected of killing longtime SAPD Detective Benjamin Marconi.
In the video, the suspect is seen pacing in front of the police headquarters at approximately 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, three hours before the murder.
Police are searching for the slim, black man in his 20s or 30s who fled the scene after shooting SAPD Detective Benjamin Marconi twice in the head.
Mayor Ivy Taylor’s Council on Police-Community Relations met for the first time Wednesday afternoon to begin discussions on how to improve policing in San Antonio, especially among communities of color.
The San Antonio Police Department will provide secondary support to the U.S. Secret Service as it escorts presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to a fundraiser in San Antonio on Friday, said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.
After subtracting money dedicated to capital projects and other restricted funds that are still to be determined, San Antonio City Council – with the help of staff and citizen input – will settle on final numbers in the $1.2 billion 2017 General Fund budget.
Though there is still work to be done, and community support will be required to sustain positive initiatives once federal funding runs out, EastPoint programming could be used as a model for other communities and elected officials in San Antonio look to turn the tides in their neighborhoods.