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Greg Abbott floats clemency for indicted Austin police officers

Greg Abbott floats clemency

Greg Abbott floats clemency for indicted Austin police officers
Greg Abbott floats clemency for indicted Austin police officers

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AUSTIN, Texas -Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday criticized the indictment of more than a dozen Austin police officers for using excessive force during racial justice protests in May 2020 – and waved the possibility of pardoning them.

Texas Governor Abbott has criticized the local attorney general in his state capital, raising the possibility of pardoning 19 Austin police officers accused of tactics used against the 2020 protests against racial injustice.

Time will tell if the accusations against the brave Austin police officers are a political hoax.

Gov. Greg Abbott floats pardons for Austin police officers charged with excessive force in 2020 protests

And time will also tell whether I, as governor, should take action to acquit any police officer who has been unjustly prosecuted.”

The office of the Travis County District Attorney, Jose Garza, who filed the indictments, responded to Abbott’s statement by defending the decision to pursue the charges.

The indictments accuse the 19 officers of using lethal weapons to injure nearly a dozen protesters and threatening them with serious bodily harm during the May 2020 protests against police brutality after the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Michael Ramos in Austin.

Each officer faces two counts of aggravated assault, a first-degree felony when committed by a law enforcement officer.
These charges carry a prison sentence of five to 99 years, or a fine of up to $10,000.

“These officers should be commended for their efforts, not prosecuted,” Abbott said in a statement.
Time will tell whether the charges against these brave Austin police officers are a political hoax.

Time will also tell whether I, as governor, should take action to acquit any police officer who has been unjustly prosecuted.”

Abbott, a Republican, alluded to the local police union’s assertion that charging the officers was a “political hoax” in his first public statement on the indictments, including against two officers involved in injury cases that offered the city millions of dollars in payment. Settlement.

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