Appeals Court Keeps Austin Police Association Out Of Oversight Lawsuit

The Austin Police Association can only watch the lawsuit over the future of the Austin Police Oversight Act play out from the sidelines following a decision by the 3rd Court of Appeals last week.

Last month District Judge Maria Cantú Hexsel struck the union as a formal party to the lawsuit, and the police group hoped the appeals court would overturn her ruling. But the justices denied that request, so we’re back to square one. The union wasn’t originally a party in the suit but filed a motion to intervene, which allowed them to present arguments in the case. After the appeals court ruling, they will participate in the suit as spectators.

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