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Governor Abbott declares state of disaster following protests across 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. 31, 2020 at 12:50 PM CDT
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Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster for all Texas counties in the midst of protests across the state over the death of George Floyd.

The statement says under this declaration, the Governor has the ability to designate federal agents to serve as Texas Peace Officers.

"Every Texan and every American has the right to protest and I encourage all Texans to exercise their First Amendment rights," said Governor Abbott.

"However, violence against others and the destruction of property is unacceptable and counterproductive.

As protests have turned violent in various areas across the state, it is crucial that we maintain order, uphold public safety, and protect against property damage or loss.

By authorizing additional federal agents to serve as Texas Peace Officers we will help protect people’s safety while ensuring that peaceful protesters can continue to make their voices heard."

George Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. A former police officer has been charged in his death.

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