Texas Gov. Abbott threatens state could take over Austin police after city ...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott threatens the state could take over Austin Police Department after city council votes to defund the force Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state could take over the Austin police force  The legislature could pass a bill that would provide funding for the force Austin's city council voted to reduce the police department's budget by a third  Abbott said that the measure would endanger people who lived in the city 

By Maxine Shen For Dailymail.com

Published: 02:03 BST, 6 September 2020 | Updated: 05:54 BST, 6 September 2020

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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. 

'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

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

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.

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