Austin Approves Cutting Police Budget by 1/3rd, Governor Responds with Plan for State to Take Over

At some point, you can’t let the kids make decisions, there has to be a grown-up in the mix. It looks like Austin, Texas might finally have reached that point.

The city is relatively safe, although homelessness and trash are a problem. But in response to the waves of protests across the country and a few incidences in town, the Austin City Council voted to slash the city’s police budget by $150 million, or about one-third.

Governor Greg Abbott and State Attorney General Ken Paxton think that is the exact wrong approach, and have decided to do something about it. They are considering introducing state legislation that would give the state the ability to take over policing responsibilities in any city of more than one million people that has fewer than two police officers per 1,000 residents. If passed, the law would allow the state to assume the policing responsibilities inside of the Department of Public Safety.

Abbott tweeted:

“This proposal for the state to takeover the Austin Police Department is one strategy I’m looking at. We can’t let Austin’s defunding & disrespect for law enforcement to endanger the public & invite chaos like in Portland and Seattle.”

Not surprisingly, Austin City Council members don’t see it this way.

Austin City Council member Greg Casar said

“This, just like the other likely illegal, absurd proposal, are attacks on Austin’s local democracy and attacks on our focus on civil rights.  When you look at it, it seems pretty clearly like an attempt at political theater and grandstanding.”

During a time of increased public protests that often turn violent, with looting, rioting, and arson, it seems unlikely that residents would want to slash the number of police officers available to respond to emergencies. But it’s their town, and they voted the city officials into office. Perhaps they should be allowed to change policing however they see fit.

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  1. Darrel Arnett
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    Why would anyone with any common sense cut the budget. That means they will have lay offs which will put officers lives in jeopardy. If I was an officer working there, I would probably resign.

    Detective Darrel Arnett ret

    • ward
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      DEMOCRATS DO NOT HAVE ANY COMMON SENSE, ONLY THE STENCH OF GREEDY POWER MATTERS TO THEIR ASININE WHIMS & WAYS TO BECOME TOTALITARIAN DICTATORS LIKE THE STENCH OF bo. hilary,cronies treason they supported for 11 years TOLD THEM TO DO AS THEIR MASTER SAYS !

  2. ROBERT POWELL
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    darn good idea, Seattle has destroyed it’s police department, the officers are leaving and are not taking any extra ordinary chances knowing full well that the council will side with the gangsters every time.. the shots-fired call go’s out sometimes five or six times a day and nothing is said on the so-called news. since the state will not step in and stop anything it is going to take either Trump to declare marshal law and stomp out the fires here or the citizens are going to have to do the policing themselves which will lead to full blown civil war..the communist/marxist’s in the city council have buffaloed the local government to the point that they are scared to say anything.

  3. Gerry
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    Governor Abbott certainly seems to have his head screwed on straight. Before you impliment the new bill, I would let so-called peaceful protestors,rioters,looters, pyros and all the rest that will happen when the idiot city council defunds the police, run willy-nilly in the their neighborhoods so they can get a taste of what will happen because of their insanity. With any luck — they will torch the properties of a few of the city council members. That would be justice for a big mouth like Casar.

  4. Kevin Moersch
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    I’m sure these politicians were elected to represent all of the peopLe and not just the vocal minority. And NONE of them indicated their objective/platform included defunding the police department…let alone by a third of its budget.

    Texas has the right and obligation to protect its citizens. Let the people have time until the next election to either re-elect the existing City Council and allow them then to defund the department or replace the council. Cutting their budget before that happens would irreparably and irrecoverably damage the department, law & order and citizen safety.

  5. PHT - Austin
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    I live outside the city limits but within Travis County. Mayor Adler and the City Council are clueless!

    I NEVER go inside the City of Austin, unless absolutely necessary! Austin is quickly becoming a center for homelessness, lawlessness and despair….a TX version of San Francisco and LA. Plus, it’s not well known, thanks to our national media and wanna-be national media outlets, but Austin is now a regional training and recruiting hub for the most radical of all activist/antagonist (anti-police, anti-democracy as we know it) organizations.

    I pray central Texans and the Austin area economy can survive this!

    What Gov. Abbott us proposing is certainly out of the box, but watching a liberal- leaning, successfully progressive city like Austin become a Seattle or Portland breaks my heart!

  6. Billy Wilson
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    These idiots should get what they as socialist voted for . When they need help I would tell them you get what you voted for no police protection, especially at your homes . Pay for that out of your own pocket.

  7. Rick Bowman
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    Do like the Bass Brothers did years ago in Ft. Worth…..a private, supplemental security force that aided the Ft. Worth Police. It was very effective in cleaning up and maintaining order in downtown FW. Very safe and fun place to socialize…..just don’t get out of line!!!

  8. Bruce Sims
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    IN spite of the FACT that George Floyd was proven to have died from an Overdose of Fentalyn, a Lethal dose, people are still acting as if the police killed this man! the man was a drug user, and most likely a dealer, and he was a Law breaker and resister! The FACT IS: IT was proven beyond any shadow of doubt that G.Floyd killed himself! This is just like the product that kills weeds being sued for millions or more and yet, their stinking product is still on the market! (They need to ROUNDUP, that product and take it off the market) Someone is in need of some serious need of common sense!

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