A bipartisan nonprofit group in Austin, Texas, is in the process of obtaining petition signatures for an ordinance that would push back on the City Council’s vote last year to slash up to $150 million from the police department. It immediately cut $20 million and has continued to reallocate money.
After taking part in the effort to pass Proposition B — a law that reinstated a camping ban downtown and in surrounding areas — Save Austin Now seeks to address the city’s lurch toward lawlessness and disorder. The Council voted unanimously to cut the budget last August amid the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots that plagued the country.
Since 2015, Austin has witnessed a 124 percent increase in gun-related crimes. As of two months ago, Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said the city could be on track for the most homicides ever in a year. “We haven’t seen these types of homicide rates since the 1990s, and if