Saying that “Sanity & safety will return,” Texas’ Gov. Greg Abbott has vowed to sign legislation making it harder for localities to “defund” police forces – currently a chief goal of Democrats, leftists and the media.
According to CBS News the promise comes after a May 22 shooting that happened in Austin. The Republican governor retweeted information posted by the Austin Police Association president about the long response time of officers responding to the shooting, pointing out: “This is what defunding the police looks like.”
Kenneth Casaday, president of the Austin Police Association, had tweeted that a call about the shooting came around 5:35 a.m. on May 23. “No units available city wide for 12 minutes,” he said. Police arrived on the scene 16 minutes after the call was made and one victim had been critically injured with a gunshot wound to the head, he said.
According to police the shooting appeared to be the result of a dispute between two drivers, it is possible that a bystander was hit in the head, CBS Austin reported. No arrests have been made.
Abbott said in the tweet: “Austin is incapable of timely responding to a victim shot in the head. … Texas won’t tolerate this. We’re about to pass a law-that I will sign-that will prevent cities from defunding police.”
According to the bill, a municipality must hold hold an election if it proposes a budget for a fiscal year that reduces funding, reallocates funds or reduces the number of police officers the department is allowed to employ in the coming fiscal year. The bill passed in the state’s Senate but was postponed by the House on Sunday.