Dallas Police Association worried about unlicensed transportation bill
DALLAS – Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign this bill overnight amid concerns from many police unions and big city leaders.
But the same police organizations are happy with the passage of several “back to the blues” laws that would penalize cities that cut police funding.
As unlicensed porterage is about to become law in Texas, the Dallas Police Association is concerned about the possible ramifications.
âHow are we supposed to know who is a good citizen and who is a bad citizen? asked DPA president Mike Mata.
The adopted version of the bill includes eight amendments. One allows the police to ask for identification from a person who is openly wearing them.
âIf you are not a convicted felon and within your constitutional right to wear, then you go about your business,â Mata said.
The president of the DPA is concerned about a further increase in violent crime due to the increased number of armed people.
Dr Timothy Bray is the Director of the Urban Policy Research Institute at UT Dallas. He says it’s too early to say what, if anything, the unlicensed postponement will have on violent crime.
âIn the data, what I’m looking for is will we see an increase in case fatalities? Will we see what were once assaults are now homicides? Or what were once mere assaults are now serious assaults? ” he said.
While the DPA is wary of the new unlicensed porting law, it supports other bills passed by the legislature
The one already enacted by Governor Abbott targets protesters who block emergency vehicles or use fireworks. Several DPD cruisers were set on fire by protesters last year.
“They would use them in crowds where they would hide behind people and use these objects to throw and shoot at them,” DPS legislative director Frederick Frazier said.
They also support bills passed that penalize large cities and counties that cut police budgets.
Under the House Bill 1900, if a municipality with more than 250,000 people cut its law enforcement budget, the state would deduct money from its sales tax and prohibit the city from raising property taxes. or utility charges.
In another bill, counties with more than one million people would be required to hold elections before cutting or reallocating their law enforcement budgets.
Dallas has recorded 85 homicides so far this year, up from 77 last year.
The DPA says public safety funding is essential to reverse this trend in violent crime. Supporters of police reform largely disagree.
“The challenge is that we have good ideas,” said Dr Bray, “We don’t have a one-size-fits-all solution that will do absolutely better than what we already have.”
The governor and the lieutenant governor set up a group of experts to develop a disciplinary policing matrix. This is something that many advocates for police reform have called for.