Texas governor considers taking over Austin police

NewsweekTexas Governor Greg Abbott said Monday that legislation had been drafted to move control of Austin policing from the Austin Police Department (APD) to state law enforcement officials months after the city passed cuts to the city's police budget.

The Republican governor had previously suggested transferring control of the city's police before announcing that a bill had been drafted Monday on Twitter. Details of the legislation are not clear, while any lawmakers who might be planning to file the bill have not yet been identified.

"Just in time for Christmas: The Legislative Council has sent draft language for a proposed law that would transfer control of the Austin Police Department to the Texas Department of Public Safety," Abbott tweeted. "One way or another we will pass a law to keep Austin safe."

Speaking as an Austin resident, crime was rampant even before the city council voted to defund the police and the Mayor actually did defund the police, canceling two years worth of police academy classes.

I'd much rather have the state government in charge of Austin police, because the local government -- contrary to theory -- doesn't seem to be listening to the residents.

This entry was published Sun Dec 27 13:22:41 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2020-12-27 13:22:41.0. [Tweet]

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