Speaker Bonnen Calls Out Austin Mayor: 'I’m Sick & Tired of City Leaders Disrespecting Law Enforcement.'

"They're hypocrites, plain and simple."

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — "I am sick and tired of city leaders like (Austin) Mayor Adler using our police officers as pawns for whichever direction the political winds are blowing," said Texas House Speaker Bonnen during a "Back the Blue" Press Conference with Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Thursday, calling out Austin Mayor Steve Adler for threatening potential Police Force reductions during the 2019 Legislative Session's Property Tax Reform debate.
Abbott's #TexasBacksTheBlue Pledge is the governor's latest effort to highlight the action's of various cities across the state to "Defund the Police" in Texas in order to address "Social Injustice," often transferring the funds to other social services programs.

Austin City Council cut $150 million from the city's Police Department last month, canceling three the next three Police Cadet classes and shifting police funds toward other city departments that address mental health, addiction, and lesser violent crimes previously responded to by police.

"They're sitting around and using Law Enforcement as apolitical tool when it serves them best. When it serves them to hide from Property Tax Reform and transparency to the voter, they use Law Enforcement.

"When it serves them to serve the Socialist Agenda that they want to play to, they use Law Enforcement.

"Don't buy it.

"Defunding law enforcement to prop up and advance socialist policies is demeaning, dangerous and incredibly disrespectful.

"I am proud to sign the 'Back the Blue' pledge," said Bonnen.

A recent poll by the University of Texas-Tyler and The Dallas Morning News found:
  • 78% of Texas Republicans were Opposed or Strongly Opposed to “Defunding the Police,” while
  • 42% of state Democrats support or strongly support such efforts
When asked if some money should be cut from police budgets to increase spending on social services, only 14% of Republicans agreed, compared to 64% of Democrats.

Gov. Abbott's #TexasBacksTheBlue Pledge reads:
“I sign this Texas Backs the Blue Pledge to oppose any efforts to defund the police and to show my support for the brave law enforcement officers who risk their lives to protect and serve. Defunding our police departments would invite crime into our communities and put people in danger. That is why I pledge to support any measure that discourages or stops efforts to defund police departments in Texas. Our law enforcement officers have our backs every single day, and we need to show them that Texans have their backs. #TexasBacksTheBlue”