The Austin Police Affiliation tells KVUE it’s supporting Abbott’s re-election marketing campaign.
HOUSTON — Whereas talking in Houston about working for reelection in 2022, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott targeted a few of his feedback on condemning the Metropolis of Austin for “defunding the police.”
Abbott additionally talked about his doubtless opponent within the gubernatorial race, Beto O’Rourke, in his feedback about defunding the police. Abbott and O’Rourke each must win their major elections first, however it’s anticipated these would be the two vying for the governor’s workplace.
Abbott mentioned O’Rourke helps the “defunding the police” motion and referred to as him harmful to public security.
“I’m working for reelection to make sure that no leftist, radical liberal will take over the workplace of governor, like Beto O’Rourke, and be harmful and defund our police,” Abbott mentioned.
The KVUE Defenders have deeply-investigated Austin’s attempt at modernized policing. You’ll be able to see that report here.
To briefly recap, in 2020, Austin Metropolis Council members cut or reallocated about $150 million from the police finances and separated some operations from legislation enforcement oversight. The finances has since been fully restored due to a legislative mandate – one thing Abbott famous throughout his feedback in Houston.
“So many individuals misplaced their lives due to the catastrophic approach by which the Metropolis of Austin went about policing,” Abbott mentioned. “That is flawed, and due to it, the Metropolis of Austin … as a result of we handed this legislation, is having to refund their legislation enforcement efforts.”
The Austin Police Association tells KVUE it’s supporting Abbott’s re-election marketing campaign. The police union was a number of than a dozen legislation enforcement teams throughout Texas to collect in Houston to endorse him for a 3rd time period.
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