Austin, with a stunning 64 percent in homicides, is leading the nation in year-to-year increase of murders.
What does the Democrat controlled Austin City Council do? They slash $150 million from the Austin Police Department’s budget.
“The unwarranted attack by the Austin mayor and city council on their police department’s budget is no more than a political haymaker driven by the pressures of cancel culture,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton responded in a public statement.
“Unfortunately, the targets of this ‘cancelling’ are the brave men and women who selflessly put their lives on the line to keep our families safe,” Paxton said. “The city council’s action to slash funding disregards the safety of our capital city, its citizens, and the many guests who frequent it.”
Austin’s leaders are facing criticism and citizen backlash for the ongoing crime problems spiraling upward. The city is embarrassingly surpassing other high crime Democrat led cities like Philadelphia, Detroit, Memphis, and Chicago.
“The City of Austin already struggles to combat widespread crime, violence and homelessness,” Paxton continued. “In light of rising violent crime rates in many cities across the country as well the majority of Austinites opposing defunding police, the mayor and the city council should immediately reconsider this ill-advised effort at virtue signaling; which will endanger lives and property in Austin.”
A letter penned by an Austin police officer has been issued:
We have served with the best of our ability for many years. We have missed anniversaries, birthdays, funerals, sports, and many other things so we could be there for you. When you called, we came.
When you were being victimized, we stepped in and stopped it. When you were on your last breath, we gave you another and another. As many as it took to keep you alive.
We held your child and loved on them when they were scared. We comforted you when your loved ones passed. We put our lives in harms way when the wolf came for you. When you ran from gunfire, we ran towards it. When you sat trapped in your car, we held your hand until the rescue crew could cut you out.
We bought you lunch when others walked by and did nothing. We brought justice to your family when someone was taken from you. We gave you a voice when you had none. We stepped in when you couldn’t protect yourself. We saved your son’s, daughter’s, husband’s, aunt’s, brother’s, and sister’s.
The day came when we needed your help, but you never showed. When we asked you to stand up and give us a voice, you remained silent. When we were at our lowest, you offered no help. When we were being attacked, you watched from afar.
When the time came for you to fight for us, you stayed home and kept silent. (To those who didn’t, thank you.)
The Austin Police Department has been almost completely defunded. There is barely enough to pay for our salary, medical care, and retirement.
Now, when the wolf puts a bomb at your doorstep, we won’t be there. When a drunk driver kills your family member, we won’t be there. When your family member is drowning at the lake, we won’t be there. When someone crashes into your car, we won’t be there.
When gangs take over your neighborhood, we won’t be there.
When you’re assaulted on one of the many trails, we won’t be there. When you’re child is lost, we won’t be there to find them.
We won’t be there because your Austin City Council has shut down almost every unit needed to keep you safe and be there for you. They took everything from you while you sat in silence. They did it for their own personal gain and agenda. They won’t be there for you and made sure we couldn’t either.
An Austin Police Officer
Austin city council, abandoning their number one responsibility to protect citizens, has followed the politics, but not the safety of its citizens, Governor Greg Abbott wrote in an official statement. He has vowed that the Texas Department of Public Safety will step in to protect the citizens of Austin.