Gov. asks Texans to sign pledge opposing defunding police

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Friday, September 11, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott asks Texans to sign "Back the Blue" pledge
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Gov. Greg Abbott plans to propose legislation related to the movement to defund police depts. Press play to hear what he is asking lawmakers and citizens to do.

AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) -- Governor Greg Abbott is asking Texans, including elected officials, to sign a "Back The Blue" pledge and oppose "defunding" police departments across the state.

In a video shared on Twitter Wednesday night, Abbott is calling for people to sign the pledge against defunding the police.

"Some cities in Texas want to defund and dismantle police departments in our state," he said. "This reckless action invites crime into our communities and it threatens the safety of all Texans, including our law enforcement officers and their families."

Abbott will also propose "broad strokes" for legislation related to police funding that he hopes the legislature will take up in the 2021 session.

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Gov. Abbott has previously said the state might consider a takeover of the Austin Police Department after the city council removed a third of the department's budget.

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Calls for "defunding" police departments have gained momentum since the death of Houstonian George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police.

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