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Abbott deploys state police to help protect private property during protests in Texas

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks with President Donald Trump during a meeting about the coronavirus response in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks with President Donald Trump during a meeting about the coronavirus response in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)(KWTX)
Published: May. 30, 2020 at 2:01 PM CDT
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Saturday announced he has sent state resources to help the cities of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin keep their streets safe during recent protests.

The police custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has resulted in violent protests and riots in cities across the U.S.

Friday, large crowds gathered in Dallas, Houston and Austin.

Abbott and Texas Department of Public Safety officials spoke with Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler to learn more about their needs.

DPS is sending more than 1,500 officers to reinforce local police departments.

“Texas and America mourn the senseless loss of George Floyd and the actions that led to his death are reprehensible and should be condemned in the strongest terms possible,” said Abbott.

“As Texans exercise their 1st Amendment rights, it is imperative that order is maintained, and private property is protected.”

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