TEXAS – Gov. Abbott is deploying thousands more troopers and National Guard staff to cities throughout Texas to help combat protest violence in response to the killing of George Floyd.
The governor’s office announced Sunday that the FBI has also deployed tactical teams to assist state and local law enforcement.
This is in addition to the governor’s actions Saturday when he deployed DPS troopers to Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin and activated the Texas National Guard.
The governor also declared a State of Disaster for all Texas counties on Sunday as well. Under the order, the governor will be able to designate federal agents to serve as Texas peace officers.
Gov. Abbott’s full statement can be read below:
“Every Texan and every American has the right to protest and I encourage all Texans to exercise their First Amendment rights,” said Governor Abbott in a statement. “However, violence against others and the destruction of property is unacceptable and counterproductive. 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 additional 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 voices heard."
More on the overnight protests:
Photos show evolution of San Antonio protest over police brutality, George Floyd’s killing
At least six arrested as protests turn to destruction in downtown San Antonio
San Antonio issues disaster declaration, curfew for downtown following protests