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Texas billboard warns drivers to enter Austin 'at your own risk' after city reduces police budget

September 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Texas Municipal Police Association erected the signs.

(CNN)A Texas law enforcement association erected two billboards this week, warning drivers to enter Austin at their own risk after the city reduced its police department budget.

Austin Police Defunded Enter at Your Own Risk" one sign reads.

Austin City Council voted in August to slash the police department's budget by $150 million with immediate cuts totaling $21. 5 million, according to CNN affiliate KEYE-TV.

"This reckless act, a political stunt by the city council pandering to the radical left, will do nothing but endanger the people of Austin," TMPA said in a statement on its Facebook page.

The organization also said it is its responsibility "to stand up for the brave men and woman of the APD" and raise awareness "of the dangers of defunding not just Austin, but any city across the U. S. "

CNN has reached out to the Austin Police Department, but has not heard back.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans in August to freeze property taxes in cities that vote to defund their police departments.

Calls to defund police departments across the country came this year amid protests calling for justice after the deaths of multiple Black people at the hands of police, including George Floyd in Minneapolis, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.

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