George Floyd Protest : Texas ‘State of Disaster’
Houston : The Governor Greg Abbott declared a ‘State of disaster’ for all Texas counties i.e Tarrant, Bexar , McLennan, Colin, Aransas, Comal, Fort Bend, Nueces, Brazoria and others , on Sunday in the midst of violent protests through out the state in response of deadly arreat of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday. In view of endangering public safety and threatening property loss and damage, the Texas’ Governor called it a ‘State of Disaster’
Under the declaration, the Governor has the ability to designate federal agents to serve as Texas peace officer. The governor’s office said it is a move to ensure public safety and curb the treat of property damage.
Governor Greg Abbott’ statement :
“Every Texan and every American has the right to protest and I encourage all Texans to exercise their First Amendment rights. ”
“However, violence against others and the destruction of property is unacceptable and counterprouctive. As protests have turned violent in various areas across the state, it is crucial that we maintain order, uphold public safety, and protect against property damage or loss. By authorizing additionl federal agents to serve as Texas Peace Officers we will help protect people’s safety while ensuring that peaceful protesters can continue to make their voice heard ”
Meanwhile, Houstan, Dallas , Austin and San Antonio have been the locations of large protest this week. Earlier Mr. Abbott deployed 1,500 DPS officers and the National Guard to assist local law enforement agencies.
On, Sunday, Houstan continued to recover from its second consecitive night of protests and riots , which has resulted in hundreds of arrests and officers injuried.
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