Gov. Greg Abott decides to deploy and send additional state troopers to Austin even with their suspended partnership – stating it’s still their duty to serve and protect any Texans, despite Mayor Watson’s wishes.
This partnership that started in March was originally to help their understaffed police force which paused in May due to border issues, but continued afterwards. Mayor Watson decided to suspend it because of concerns about reports of troopers allegedly pointing a gun at a 10-year old boy.
A full body cam footage was posted by the Texas DPS showing the event, which proved the previous allegations false as the gun was actually pointed in the ground. The video showed a man pulled over due to a lack of a license.
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The Video And Aftermath
The man identified as Carlos Meza, also didn’t have a driver’s license and mentioned his car was uninsured. The troopers conducted sobriety tests after he mentioned he had been smoking the past hours.
Although he was aware they weren’t pointing at his son, he still disliked that they withdrew their guns out, saying it was problematic – he showed support and praised Watson suspending the DPS-APD partnership.
Despite being shown and told it was a misunderstanding, Watson still firmly stood by his decision to suspend the partnership – which still didn’t stop Abott from deciding to send more troopers in the city.
Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon expressed disappointment as it had helped Austin to enforce better safety measures, decreased crimes, and responded better to calls and reports. Though, he understood why Watson had to make the decision.
This incident shows how things can be easily misunderstood and impact something, in this case it’s the DPS-APD partnership. Although, it’s clear that Abott still wants to assist understaffed police officers, and assure the safety of every Texan in Austin.