City Council sends police association contract back for negotiations

Just before midnight, Austin City Council voted to send the city's police association contract back for more negotiations.

More than 100 people signed up to speak before City Council about what they thought of the proposed police contract.

Opponents brought up many different topics like education, public health, civil rights and their number one complaint: accountability.

Many argue that both transparency and accountability are lacking and the contract should not be adopted.

Supporters were mostly all employees with the Austin Police Department.

The new contract is intended to improve the hiring and promotion process and establish wage increases.

Council also heard from family and friends of those affected by police misconduct. Many disagree with the 48 hour and 180 day rules.

The new police contract is worth just a little more than $80 million.