Abbott says out-of-state protest agitators to be federally prosecuted

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June 01, 2020 - 5:12 pm
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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Individuals who come to Texas from out of state to engage in looting, violence, or other destructive acts will be federally prosecuted, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday.

Abbott's announcement was made with the support of United States Attorneys John F. Bash, Erin Nealy Cox, Stephen J. Cox, and Ryan K. Patrick, according to a released statement.

"Texans must be able to exercise their First Amendment rights without fear of having agitators, including those coming from out-of-state, hijack their peaceful protest," Abbott said. "Today’s announcement will ensure there are harsh consequences for those breaking the law and that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Anyone who is arrested and charged with such offenses will be transferred to federal custody. United States Attorneys will work with local prosecutors and law enforcement to aggressively identify crimes that are violations of federal law.

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