AUSTIN, Texas — Governor Greg Abbott has declared a State of Disaster for the entire state of Texas.
A press release from the Governor states that the declaration is in response to violent protesting throughout the state following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
"Every Texan and every American has the right to protest and I encourage all Texans to exercise their First Amendment rights," said Governor Abbott. "However, violence against others and the destruction of property is unacceptable and counterproductive.
Abbott has the ability to designate federal agents to serve as Texas Peace Officers under the declaration.
"As protests have turned violent in various areas across the state, it is crucial that we maintain order, uphold public safety, and protect against property damage or loss," said Abbott.
Yesterday, Abbot sent 1,500 State troopers to various Texas cities, citing the same reason.
“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,” said Abbott. “As Texans exercise their 1st Amendment rights, it is imperative that order is maintained and private property is protected.”
Locally, the Corpus Christi Police Department issued a statement regarding the incident Saturday.
"Due to a recent contentious incident resulting in a deadly contact between a Major City Police Department and one of its citizens, George Floyd, the Police Profession has come under increased scrutiny. Based on this incident, I believe the increased attention on Police interaction with citizens is well warranted," said the statement. "I want to take a moment to impress upon you the great effort made by the Corpus Christi Police Department to improve citizen interaction by continually updating processes, equipment and most importantly maintaining a culture of respect for human life.
The entire statement can be read here.
It is worth noting that no violent protests have been reported in the Corpus Christi area.