Governor Abbott activates Texas National Guard in response to protest violence

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May 30, 2020 - 7:53 pm
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

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AUSTIN ( -- After a day of heated protests across the state, Gov. Greg Abbott is activating the Texas National Guard to help respond to protest violence across the state.

"Texans have every right to exercise their first amendment rights, but violence and looting will not be tolerated," Abbott said in a statement.

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Earlier Saturday, Abbott sent more than 1,500 Texas Department of Public Safety troopers to assist with local police responses in four of the state's major cities - Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas - after consulting with local mayors and law enforcement leaders.

"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," Abbott said in an earlier statement announcing the DPS deployment. "As Texans exercise their 1st Amendment rights, it is imperative that order is maintained and private property is protected."

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