Gov. Greg Abbott help a press conference Sept. 24 to announce new legislative proposals.

By Jolie McCullough

At a campaign event in Dallas on Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a string of new legislative proposals to raise penalties and create new crimes for offenses committed at protests.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called on Texas residents and political candidates to sign a pledge against defunding the police.

Austin City Council's decision last month to cut the police budget by 5% continues to rankle.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a pledge on Thursday opposing police budget cuts and invited candidates in the upcoming election to join him in doing so.

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The Texas Municipal Police Association launched a billboard campaign Wednesday in response to what the union called Austin City Council's "disastrous decision" to cut some police funding.

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Austin police officers gathered on Interstate 35 to remove protesters demonstrating against police brutality from the highway in May.

By Jolie McCullough

Gov. Greg Abbott is considering a legislative proposal that, if passed, would put the control of the Austin Police Department under state authority.

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Austin Police Department Sgt. Michael Crumrine and Det. Christopher Babb asked for the community's help locating the family of a newborn child found in Northeast Austin on Tuesday morning.

The Austin Police Department is looking for the mother of a newborn girl found in a Northeast Austin neighborhood on Tuesday.

"The child is safe," APD Sgt. Michael Crumrine said in a press conference on Tuesday. "The child is well."

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This story was last updated at 5 p.m. Saturday to include what a witness saw at the time of the shooting.

The 60-person brawl between two groups of Hurricane Laura evacuees—which led to the shooting death of a bystander—was caused by an argument over a scooter, a man who said he witnessed the incident told Austonia.

Amy Lynn Warner, a 51-year-old homeless woman, was shot in the neck during the fight, according to the witness, who declined to give his name but said he lived on the streets and had a close relationship with the victim.

"There was a guy on a scooter who rode by," he said in a video interview. "Another guy got mad because he took the scooter ... [He] pulled out a gun, shot one time. Amy got shot in the neck and died on the way to the hospital."

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Legislation that would hamstring cities' abilities to raise property taxes if they cut police budgets will be a "priority" when Texas lawmakers meet for their regular session early next year, state leaders said Tuesday.

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Mounted officers from the Austin Police Department clash with protesters on the corner of Fourth Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin earlier this summer.

BY MANDI CAI AND JUAN PABLO GARNHAM, The Texas Tribune

Officials in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio each spent more than $434 million from their general funds on their respective police departments during the 2020 fiscal year. For each, that was more than a third of their general funds, the portion of city budgets that can largely be distributed to any department because it is not mandated to a specific function.

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