Texas agency says megachurch shooting highlights damage done by 'defund police' movement

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The caput of nan Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) pointed to nan Lakewood Church shooting successful Houston connected Sunday, to item nan damages done successful metropolitan areas affected by nan defund constabulary movement.

At a property convention connected Monday afternoon, nan president of nan TABC, Kevin Lilly, joined nan politician of Houston, constabulary officials and others to supply an update connected nan shooting astatine Joel Osteen’s megachurch.

"Public safety, ladies and gentlemen, is 1 of nan astir captious things that we have," Lilly said. "I would opportunity this to elected officials that want to defund police: I opportunity they do truthful astatine their ain governmental peril. We request to unify arsenic a organization to take sides our men and women successful nan bladed bluish line."

Lilly thanked nan rule enforcement officials who responded to nan shooting, calling them nan "personification of heroism and valor."

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Two off-duty officers moving astatine nan religion arsenic information guards are credited pinch stopping nan female shooter. 

"They were a wall that existed betwixt worshipers and terror, betwixt state of belief and murder," nan TABC president said. "We should each beryllium mindful of nan sacrifices that our men and women successful rule enforcement make each day. It is simply a occupation of nan highest honor."

Lilly's comments travel arsenic large cities for illustration Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas, person acted complete nan past fewer years to defund constabulary departments.

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The Austin City Council and erstwhile Mayor Steve Adler voted to gut APD's backing by astir a 3rd successful August 2020, starring to a swift serviceman exodus. The Texas legislature passed a rule that efficaciously forced nan metropolis to reconstruct that backing nan pursuing year. However, nan defunding and cancelation of cadet classes near nan section good short of its recommended staffing level.

Lilly said he whitethorn not ever work together politically pinch Houston Mayor John Whitmire, but said nan politician has ever honored and respected rule enforcement and nationalist safety.

Authorities identified nan Lakewood Church shooter arsenic Genesse Ivonne Moreno, a Hispanic female who had utilized some female and antheral names. Police said she entered nan religion pinch her 7-year-old boy and opened occurrence astatine nan off-duty officers pinch an AR-15.

A 57-year-old man was changeable and survived. Moreno's boy was shot successful nan head and critically injured.

A motive for nan shooting is unclear.

During nan property convention Monday, Doug Williams of nan FBI praised nan actions of nan officers who stopped nan shooter.

"There is nary uncertainty that their heroic actions saved lives," he said.