Abbott calls for unity, peaceful protests across Texas

George Floyd's death "was a horrific act of police brutality," Abbott says

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June 02, 2020 - 3:16 pm
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DALLAS (Talk1370.com) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday called for unity and peaceful protests across the state in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

"What happened to George Floyd was a horrific act of police brutality, and I join the millions of American who seek swift justice," Abbott said. "George Floyd's death has touched every corner of our country, and people are rightfully angry. The beautiful thing about America is that every person has the right to make their voices heard and protest against injustice. However, violence and vandalism are never the answer, and they have no place in the Lone Star State. It is essential that we end the violence, vandalism, and looting that we have have seen. But restoring calm in our communities does not end with this task—our work will not end until justice, fairness, and equality become reality in every part of our state. Texas is up to this task, because Texans can overcome any challenge. We will seize this moment to bridge the divides that exist in our state so that we can keep Texas the greatest state in America."

Abbott spoke at Dallas City Hall, surrounded by leaders from Dallas, Fort Worth, and state government.

In the wake of violent protests and riots across the state, Abbott deployed thousands of Department of Public Safety officers and the Texas National Guard. Abbott said those resources are working alongside federal partners from the FBI to stop the violence and protect those that are protesting peacefully.

Abbott also noted that the state is working with four United States Attorneys in Texas to ensure that individuals coming from across state lines to hijack peaceful protests with violence will be subject to federal prosecution.

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