Texas billboard cautions drivers to enter Austin "at your own risk" after city reduces police budget

by Bryan Brammer · Sep 14th, 2020 4:22 pm

Last Updated Sep 15th, 2020 at 11:23 am

The Texas Municipal Police Association launched a billboard campaign last week warning drivers to enter the state capital of Austin "at your own risk" after city officials reduced the police department budget.

Austin City Council voted in August to eliminate $150 million from the police department's budget, redirecting the money to other departments and social services, a local CNN affiliate reported.

Last Wednesday, TMPA announced the release of its two billboards in a statement posted to the organization's Facebook page.

"Today, TMPA released two billboards, along Interstate 35, entering Austin, intended to raise public awareness that Austin is a defunded city. This reckless act, a political stunt by the city council pandering to the radical left, will do nothing but endanger the people of Austin," the statement reads. "As the largest police association in Texas, it is our duty and responsibility to stand up for the brave men and women of the APD, as well as the other law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction within the city limits..."


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