While still strongly supporting First Amendment freedoms, Republicans nationwide are calling on elected officials to condemn the violent crime that has regrettably become associated with recent racial justice protests.
The Travis County Republican Party approved a resolution at its 2020-21 organizational meeting this week joining a growing number of Republican organizations calling for GOP activists, party officials, and government officials to 1) condemn terrorist-like actions, 2) support the immediate arrest and prosecution of violent protesters, and 3) demand law enforcement be adequately funded despite calls by radical leftists to defund the police.
"Visitors to Austin should not have to fear for their lives just blocks away from their state capitol, and Austinites should not have to look behind their backs every time they go downtown," said Matt Mackowiak, Travis County Republican Party Chairman. "We as Republicans continue to commend our local, county, and state law enforcement for their tremendous effort keeping weekend protests safe and urge that the Austin City Council maintain full funding for the Austin Police Department. We believe a majority of voters support us in this call and urge Republican leaders at all levels to take a stand for law and order."
The text of the resolution as unanimously approved is below.
WHEREAS our principles, our culture and our country are under attack by a group or groups of individuals who, behind a screen of perhaps well-meaning people purportedly seeking racial justice and equality and desiring to exercise their right of free speech, have vandalized and sometimes destroyed public and private property across the state of Texas and this country, impeded trade and commerce by interrupting the transportation of goods and persons, destroyed the lives and livelihood of law-abiding individuals and harassed, threatened and even injured, some fatally, the law enforcement officers whose sworn duty it is to protect the public from such conduct,
[THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED] We urge all Republicans, especially all Republicans holding any public or party office, to immediately do the following:
- Condemn all criminal conduct by such people as domestic terrorism; and
- Advocate and urge that each and every criminal act by such persons be dealt with by immediate arrest, imprisonment and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law; and
- Demand that law enforcement agencies of all kinds be adequately funded and supported to enable each to have enough properly trained personnel, and the necessary equipment, to enable them to safely and effectively perform their duty of protecting the lives and property of the people they serve.
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