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Across the nation, there are conversations occurring that would have been inconceivable just a few years ago, as locales from coast to coast consider ways in which they could radically restructure how policing works in America.
Among the possibilities, the liberal left seems to be hellbent on the idea of “defunding” the police – essentially handcuffing officers to less effective equipment, and providing less in the way of legal protection for those acting in the line of duty.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is not amused by this sort of talk, and he won’t sit idly by and allow this to happen in the Lone Star State.
After signing a law that would prohibit cities within Texas to defund the police, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott told “The Faulkner Focus” on Tuesday that Austin should face consequences for its move to cripple local law enforcement. The governor retweeted a post from Kenneth Casaday, the president of the Austin Police Association, over the weekend that was critical of the response time for a shooting call early Sunday.
GREG ABBOTT: Well, the reason it’s stronger is because, as you pointed out, I’m about to sign a law that will ensure that cities in the state of Texas will not be able to defund the police. First, the context: and that is that you pointed out, what’s going on in Minneapolis, where it is both a tragedy and a disaster. What’s going on for the residents of Minneapolis because of the defunded police and you’ve seen the same thing in Portland and Seattle and Chicago and New York, et cetera.
Unfortunately, we had the same thing happen here in the state of Texas where the city of Austin defunded police … and because Austin defunded the police, we wanted to do two things in this session.
One, we wanted to make sure that there were going to be consequences for the city of Austin. The second is we wanted to make sure that no other city in the state of Texas would defund police.
Abbott has been fiercely defensive when it comes to Texas police officers, and that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon.
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