By Maxine Shen For Dailymail.com
Published: 02:03 BST, 6 September 2020 | Updated: 05:54 BST, 6 September 2020
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he's considering legislation that would put Austin's police department under state funding as a way to protect it after the city council voted to defund it.
'This proposal for the state to takeover the Austin Police Department is one strategy I'm looking at,' Abbott, a Republican,
from his personal Twitter account Thursday.
This proposal for the state to takeover the Austin Police Department is one strategy I'm looking at.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 3, 2020
We can't let Austin's defunding & disrespect for law enforcement to endanger the public & invite chaos like in Portland and Seattle.#BackTheBlue https://t.co/nPiRYXhx5j
'We can't let Austin's defunding & disrespect for law enforcement to endanger the public & invite chaos like in Portland and Seattle.'
On Saturday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed the sentiment behind Abbott's tweets, telling Fox News that the idea is a response to Austin's city council voting to defund $150million from the city's police department in August - a move that Austin Mayor Steve Adler is supporting.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (in March) said the state could take over the Austin Police Department in response to the city council's decision to defund the
Abbott tweeted that Austin defunding the police department would endanger city residents
Paxton, a Republican, said that while there isn't a way to prevent Austin from defunding its police department, the legislature could pass a bill that allowed the state to fund the Austin Police Department instead.
'The state could take it over,' Paxton said. 'We can fund the police in a way that will keep the city safe, which is what we all want.'
In a statement to Fox News, Adler, a Democrat, said: 'Austin is the safest big city in Texas and one of the safest in the country. Public safety is our priority and we support our police.'
Paxton said that cutting between 33 to 34 per cent of the police department's budget didn't make sense.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in -