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TX Governor Wants to Freeze Property Taxes for Cities that Defund Police

“If we have police brutality, we don't need fewer police, we need less police brutality, and so we need to take action, whether it be as a Legislature or in police departments or whatever the case may be,” Abbott said. "We do need to take action to ensure that law enforcement officers are trained in ways in which they will not engage in police brutality.”

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Texas Governor Slams Austin for Unprecedented Police Budget Cut

"Some cities are more focused on political agendas than public safety," said Governor Abbott. "Austin’s decision puts the brave men and women of the Austin Police Department and their families at greater risk, and paves the way for lawlessness. Public safety is job one, and Austin has abandoned that duty."

Austin Cuts Police Budget by One-Third

These immediate cuts would include eliminating funding from three planned police cadet classes and reallocating funds to areas like violence prevention, food access, and abortion access programs. However, the council said it may allow one or two cadet classes to begin in fiscal year 2021 if a revised curriculum is completed and a "more appropriate recruitment program" is implemented.

City Council Cuts LAPD Hiring, Force to Fall Below 10K Sworn

Faced with a grim budget outlook and deluged by demands for reductions in police spending, the council voted 12 to 2 to take the Los Angeles Police Department down to 9,757 officers by next summer — a level of staffing not seen in the city since 2008.

New York City Cuts Police Budget by $1 Billion

The city council said in a statement Tuesday that the city's 2021 budget, totaling more than $88 billion, "reduces police spending and shrinks NYPD's footprint."

NYPD Disbands Plainclothes Anti-Crime Enforcement Teams

The New York Police Department has taken what Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called a "seismic shift" in the agency's policing, disbanding the plainclothes anti-crime teams and reassigning those officers to other duties.

Los Angeles Proposes $150 Million Cut in LAPD Budget, Money to be Spent on Social Programs

“Our only path forward is to dismantle the systems that are designed to harm people of color,” Wesson said on Twitter. “A preliminary cut to the LAPD budget will not solve everything, but it’s a step toward to being the city we aspire to be.”

Louisville Reorganizes Police Department Amid Budget Cuts

The Louisville Metro Police Department has announced that it will merge several of its existing divisions in an effort to make the agency "leaner and more focused."

Ohio Agency Disbanding K-9 Unit Due to Budget Constraints

The Painesville (OH) Police Department announced this week that it will be disbanding the agency's K-9 unit due to budget constraints and the passage of a piece of legislation that allows civilian cultivation of hemp, which the dogs cannot differentiate from illegal marijuana.

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Maryland County Auditor Recommends $2M Cut to Police Budget

The county auditor for Anne Arundel County on Wednesday submitted a recommendation to county officials that the budget for the county police department be cut by $2 million for the 2020 fiscal year.