With the exception of the August 1, 1966 University of Texas Tower shootings, the number of homicides in Austin, Texas has reached an all time high.
From January 1, 2020 through August 28, 2020 there have been 33 homicides record in Mayor or this time period at 33 as of August 28, 2020. The total for 2019 was 36. Total year homicides were 32 in 2018 and 25 in 2017.
Notorious for bad traffic conditions and lengthy highway log jambs, police are continuously understaffed to meet needs. There have been 56 fatalities so far this year.
Is there blood on Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s hands? Some are beginning to ask as the liberal politician has followed the lead of other high crime Democratic controlled cities where murders and offenses increase while police budgets are cut.
Adler’s Austin is leading the nation with a stunning 65 percent in year-to-year increase of murders.
Former Travis County Sheriff and state lawmaker Terry Keel, along with former State Rep. Ron Wilson and a growing number of citizens believe so.
Across Texas, voters are upset that Austin’s City Budget will cancel the next three cadet classes and reduce the department’s overtime budget by $21.5 million effective October 1, 2020. Over $100 million more would be reduced department sometime the following fiscal year.
Keel and Wilson sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott urging the governor to consider a legislative plan that would consolidate the police department with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Abbott told a national television audience this month that he has proposed legislation prescribing the freezing of tax revenue for any city that defunds their police or law enforcement department.
“You’ve seen and you have documented what happened in Portland, in Seattle, in Chicago, New York, and cities across the country,” Abbott told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “Now Austin, Texas, has defunded law enforcement [and] police … despite the fact that over the first six months of this year, the city ranked number one in the United States for the highest percentage increase in murders was Austin, Texas.”
“[T]hey will lose the lifeblood of the revenues they receive from property taxes in Texas,” Abbott explained. “What this does, in English, is it is going to defund cities and cities’ ability to operate at all if they try to defund law enforcement.
The Level-Wilson proposal offers that when the governor determines public safety is jeopardized in cities “due to insufficient municipal resources being appropriated for public safety needs” and DPS has to supplement general law enforcement duties, then the legislature can combine the city police department with DPS as a “special municipal police department division” that would answer to the DPS director.
This proposal would apply to any Texas city with a population of 1 million or more but has fewer than two sworn police officers per 1,000 residents.
The State Comptroller would oversee taking tax monies from the citiesplan would also take a portion of a city’s General funding to operate the division and create a specific budget at the state level for the department.
By law, Abbott is forced to wait until the 2021 fiscal year begins and officially introduce such proposals during the next legislative session. In the meantime, he has placed Texas Department of Public Safety officers in the capitol city to deter looting, rioting and organized violence.
Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.
As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.
He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.