Cruz to introduce legislation making governments that withhold police protection liable to private property owners

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 13th, 2020 2:43 pm

Last Updated Jul 14th, 2020 at 7:16 pm

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday said he was introducing legislation that would make local governments liable to private property owners if officials withhold police protection.

Cruz's announcement comes just a day after the Trump administration reportedly denied a $500 million federal aid request submitted by Minnesota officials to address the damage incurred from rioting in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Minnesota Republican Rep. Tom Emmer lobbied the president to reject the request for aid.

"If the federal government is expected to assist in the clean-up of these unfortunate weeks, it has an obligation to every American — prior to the release of funding — to fully understand the events which allowed for this level of destruction to occur and ensure it never happens again," Emmer said in a statement.

Walz's office released a statement addressing the Trump administration's rejection of federal relief.

"The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support. As we navigate one of the most difficult periods in our state's history, we look for support from our federal government to help us through," Walz said.


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