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Police protests in late May 2020

Attorneys representing the Austin police officer accused of shooting an unarmed Michael Ramos, as well as several officers involved in use-of-force incidents with residents, say their clients committed "zero crimes" and blasted police and prosecutors for playing politics with body-cam video of the incidents.

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This story was updated Tuesday morning to reflect new information released .

Three Cedar Park officers were in stable condition after being shot during a call Sunday afternoon, police said.

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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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