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Greg Abbott declares State Of Disaster, gives green light to federal assistance

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Mary Margaret Olohan on May 31, 2020

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a State of Disaster Sunday and authorized federal agents to serve as Texas police officers.

“Every Texan and every American has the right to protest and I encourage all Texans to exercise their First Amendment rights,” the governor said in a statement.

“However, violence against others and the destruction of property is unacceptable and counterproductive,” he added. “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.”

Riots have raged across the United States following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody. Abbott has called the death of Floyd “horrific” and the “consequence of poor police work.”

“By authorizing additional federal agents to serve as Texas Police Officers we will help protect people’s safety while ensuring that peaceful protestors can continue to make their voices heard,” Abbott said.

The officer who knelt on Floyd‘s neck, Derek Chauvin, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Abbott’s announcement comes after he activated the Texas National Guard in response to riots through the state and sent resources to Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, the Texas Tribune reports. Rioters have protested, looted, and clashed with police in Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio.

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    Stanley Hutchison May 31, 2020

    This protesting/rioting in states NOT involved with this is stupid. But who can control stupid. As I see it riots can only be handled one way that is by force. Peaceful demonstrations are not being done. They have a right to protest, not a right to destroy or hurt the people.

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    James May 31, 2020

    Shoot all looters on sight

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    James R. Bates Sr May 31, 2020

    Unfortunately there is a segment of the population that uses any excuse to Loot and Plunder, it has nothing to do with protesting.
    The arrest of the Person that is responsible for Mt Floyd’s death is the first step in what should be done. Nothing will bring him back to life, so the only other thing that should be done is to Convict and Punish the Criminal that perpetrated this Horrible crime against
    a fellow human being

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    Alexa May 31, 2020

    If you think this is related to that forgery, dream on. This is how Socialists start a revolution. “By any means necessary and hold that power the same way, when achieved!”

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    Amy Davis May 31, 2020

    IMHO anyone seen looting or setting fire to businesses should be shot by police or the property’s owner

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    Sheliah davis May 31, 2020

    So does this mean if someone comes on my property and tries to cause harm or destroy ion I can shoot to protect myself and my family

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    Jack May 31, 2020

    Round them up and throw them in prison! Looting, rioting and assaulting people is not protesting, it’s just violent criminals victimizing innocent citizens! Good for the governor! 👍

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    Stephen knorr May 31, 2020

    great news gov

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    Thomas L Ford May 31, 2020

    As an ex-, and soon to be again Texas, I’m glad sensible Republicans still run the State; those Dem-run cities may change their tune now that they see what those lefties bring,

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    Victory May 31, 2020

    I believe there are certain people paid By the deep state and Soros foundation in each state to incite violence towards a civil war, bankrupt America and force America into a totalitarian run NWO. Prophecies bring fulfilled people. Do your research and stop the destruction of our Constitution, our freedoms and God’s blessings!!!

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    Steve Lee Reid May 31, 2020

    I don’t understand how these rioters think they can destroy other people’s property and get away with it..

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    Great leadership Gov!!! There must be Law n Order!!! Where are the older residents…the parents of soo many young people I see being led into criminal acts by the dregs of Society!!!

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    Trish June 1, 2020

    We all get the fact an innocent man died at the hands of a very bad cop and justice will be served for the act he committed. But looting is stealing whether you want to admit it or not, violence against another human being who had nothing to do with Mr Floyd’s death is wrong and makes you a criminal just like the man who was arrested for the taking of Mr Floyd’s life, You All Have Made Yourselves just as violent as the person who killed George Floyd. Violence begets Violence, you are NO Better than them, you have made yourselves out to be common criminals.

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    Trish June 1, 2020

    We all get the fact an innocent man died at the hands of a very bad cop and justice will be served for the act he committed. But looting is stealing whether you want to admit it or not, violence against another human being who had nothing to do with Mr Floyd’s death is wrong and makes you a criminal just like the man who was arrested for the taking of Mr Floyd’s life, You All Have Made Yourselves just as violent as the person who killed George Floyd. Violence begets Violence, you are NO Better than them, you have made yourselves out to be common criminals. Follow the leadership of the Governor of Texas, do not be like the governor or mayor of Minnesota use common sense.

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    Thomas Girouard June 1, 2020

    I feel the same way , the police are finding a lot of the violent protesters are coming from out of state , and who is paying all the travel costs ? since the nation has been on lockdown due to the Covid-19 virus, so these out of state protesters must be independently wealthy or someone or organization is paying the bill , also look at who is bailing the protesters out.

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    The protests on Mr Floyd’s behalf have merged with a Facist political assault upon democracy. I dont want to think outcries for swift justice are also calls for putting even more Democrats in office. Afterall, this killing occurred in a solid Democrat city with city wide power held for decades by Democrats. These are the people to blame. Despite CNNs constant defamation of Trump claims of widespread Racism, the truth is that Minorities made historic gains in employment snd greatest net income improvements in 3 years of Trump than any Presidents term in modern history. The fact is that power greedy Democrats promoted and supported Antifa thugs effectively they incited riots when America was vulnerable striking innocent human beings for no reason.,Protestors who participate as human sheilds for criminals have actually hurt their cause

    Americans are fuming mad at the lawlessness and disrespectful random theft especially when the nation is facing its greatest economic challange at the hands of Chinas Communist Dictatorship

    Sympathy and goodwill evaporated after buildings burned and small business owners years of hardwork were stolen by the thugs who were protected by so called peacefull prtestors.

    Our nations problems will only get worse with Democrats

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