Gov. Abbott announces legislative proposal against defunding police departments

The governor launched a “Back the Blue” pledge that he wants Texans to sign and post on social media.

Updated at 1:49 p.m. Thursday with the response from Texas Democrats. 

Gov. Greg Abbott is set to announce a legislative proposal Thursday afternoon to keep police departments in Texas funded. However, Texas Democrats say the governor is distracting from the real issue impacting most residents: coronavirus.

The governor is scheduled to announce the proposed legislation at 2 p.m. Thursday. The legislation is designed to stop any defunding of Texas police departments.

Abbott has launched a “Back the Blue” pledge he wants everyone to sign and post on social media. 

“I am calling every Texan and every candidate for public office regardless of party affiliation to join me in signing a pledge against defunding our police departments,” Abbott said in a video.

State Democrats issued their own pledge on Thursday,

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