Austin Democrat Requests Protection From The Police He Defunded

The Austin Police Retired Officers Association rebuked Rep. Gregorio Casar (D-TX) Tuesday for requesting enhanced police protection from the department he called to defund while serving on the city council.

“It’s come to our attention that Anti police king of the defund movement in Austin [Greg Casar] who only last week called APD an agency with racist practices has requested enhanced patrols around his house for the next week,” the retired officers association said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

The former police officers said they want everyone in their city to feel safe. But the move by Casar “seems to us as the height of hypocrisy” after he called to defund the police in Austin as a city council member, the group said. “Maybe he should hire private security like his fellow squad members do. Sure seems like he wants the police in his neighborhood just not yours.”

The United States Capitol Police in Washington, D.C. forwarded Rep. Casar’s request for police patrols around his house to the Austin Police Department earlier this week. Fox News Digital, which confirmed the request, reported that a Capitol Police spokesperson said they do “not discuss any of the potential security measures that are available” to members of Congress.

Casar bragged on Twitter back in 2020, “We did it!! Austin City Council just reduced APD’s budget by over $100 million *and* reinvested resources into our community’s safety and well-being.”

The city of Austin still struggles from a police shortage. The lack of police there started when Democrats like Casar called for cities and states to defund the police in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in 2020. The New York Post reported, “Cops quit woke Austin,” in a piece earlier this year revealing the 300 vacancies there as cops feel disrespected.

“We’re right there with Portland and Seattle and San Francisco as being one of those places where if you’re at all conservative or in law enforcement, it’s become a hostile place,” Lt. Brian Moon told the Post as he retired after 23 years protecting Austin.