Gov. Greg Abbott calls on all Texas candidates to sign pledge against police budget cuts

State troopers stand near an overpass on Interstate 35 to prevent protesters from blocking traffic during a rally at Austin police headquarters. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

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Gov. Greg Abbott made his latest political move to fight efforts to cut police funding Wednesday, calling on all Texas candidates in the November election to sign a pledge “backing the blue.”

“Some cities in Texas want to defund and dismantle police departments in our state,” the Republican governor said in a YouTube video promoting his pledge. “This reckless action invites crime into our communities and threatens the safety of all Texans including our law enforcement officers and their families.”