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Individuals stroll down seventh Road in Austin after a vigil for Garrett Foster on July 26, 2020 in downtown Austin.

Rumors are circulating that teams related to Antifa could also be protesting in Austin, Texas on Saturday night time, August 1, probably focusing on the Austin Police Division or native residential buildings downtown.

In the meantime, a gaggle planning a protest to defund the police on Saturday night time has mentioned that they aren’t planning any violence, and a few folks on social media have mentioned they’ve seen armed conservative teams within the area, too. The Austin Police Division has mentioned it’s conscious of rumors and is rising staffing simply in case. (The photograph above is from a protest in Austin on July 26.)

The Antifa rumors are circulating after Garrett Foster was shot and killed at an Austin protest final Saturday night time, July 25. To see movies of what’s occurring tonight, please see Heavy’s story right here.

Right here’s what you have to know.

Rumors Are Circulating About ‘Antifa’ Planning a Protest & One House Advanced Claimed They Would Be ‘Scaling Buildings’

Rumors about “armed Antifa” “scaling buildings” are circulating on social media websites, claiming that protesters are going to attempt to begin a brand new “CHOP” (autonomous zone) in Austin. The Austin Police Division has solely mentioned that it’s conscious of the rumors and will probably be working this weekend to maintain the whole lot peaceable.

On Friday night time, July 31, Austin native Tyson Eberly shared a submit on Faceook about “unconfirmed stories” that Antifa was busing in “rioters.” That is one instance of the messages which might be circulating.  He wrote: “Getting  unconfirmed stories of Antifa rioters bussed into Austin immediately. Would possibly take into account boarding up what you are promoting. As our metropolis burns, mayor Adler gained’t do a rattling factor to cease it.”

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That is just like numerous the rumors circulating, that are claiming that individuals are being “bused” into town. Nonetheless, there was no official affirmation to the busing rumors.

One particular person responded to Eberly’s submit, writing: “Please cease spreading lies. That is the type of inflammatory bs that will get us killed. I used to be there when Garrett Foster was murdered. This isn’t a recreation or a joke. Now we have each proper to march in these streets and a few protesters train their 2nd modification proper whereas doing so. Please take this submit down.”

On Reddit, u/jesshlolz posted on Friday night time that they obtained an e-mail from their constructing’s administration firm, The Tyndall, warning that armed protesters is likely to be planning to scale buildings in downtown Austin over the weekend.

Here’s a screenshot of the e-mail they shared:

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The letter claims that The Tyndall Residents’ Fb web page was sharing details about the protests, and that the Austin Police Division “offered well timed intelligence immediately about demonstrations reportedly deliberate for this weekend in downtown Austin.”

The letter goes on to say: “It was reported that demonstrating teams plan to scale 5 buildings that face downtown someday on Saturday. The supposed aim of the protestors is to view the demonstrations from these rooftops. We have been instructed to anticipate these people being armed. APD’s intelligence is that The Tyndall is likely one of the buildings on this checklist. The accuracy of this data can’t be identified at this level…”

An analogous message with the emblem GNDC on the prime, reportedly from the La Vista de Guadalupe, is being shared on Fb, with some escalating the rumor to incorporate “Antifa snipers.”

Austin American Statesman reported that mid- and high-rise properties in downtown Austin have been warning residents about tonight and telling them to name 911 in the event that they see something suspicious. The Statesman mentioned that buildings included within the warning have been the Tyndall at Robertson Hill, AMLI Eastside, Eleven, and La Vista de Guadalupe.

KVUE additionally reported that the Texas DPS had obtained stories of individuals planning to disrupt peaceable protests in Austin this weekend.

The Austin Police Stated They Are Conscious of Rumors

The Austin Police Division has not mentioned something publicly on social media in regards to the rumors to substantiate or deny them. Their final submit on Saturday as of the time of publication was in regards to the scorching temperatures within the metropolis. Nonetheless, they’ve instructed native media that they’re conscious of the rumors. KXAN reported that the Austin Police Division and the Texas Division of Public Security are rising their staffing this weekend and are conscious of the rumors.

The APD shared a press release with KXAN, noting that they have been conscious of the rumors and mentioned:

We’re bringing within the needed employees, and have partnered with different native regulation enforcement companies as we’ve got accomplished all through the previous few months, to permit for these peacefully and lawfully working towards their first  modification rights whereas additionally working to stop any violence or destruction of property.”

The DPS additionally shared the next assertion with KXAN:

DPS helps the proper of people to lawfully protest, and public security is our prime precedence. Subsequently, DPS will probably be rising our presence this weekend, together with our native regulation enforcement companions, to make sure public security wants are met and to fight any potential legal exercise.”

A Peaceable ‘March to Amplify Black Voices’ for Tonight Stated That Rumors Are Mistakenly Claiming They Are Planning Violence

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One rumor that’s confirmed correct is that there will probably be a “March to Amplify Black Voices and Defund the Police” in Austin, Texas on Saturday night time. This march begins at 7:30 p.m. and lasts till 10:30 p.m. You’ll be able to see see the occasion web page right here. The outline for the march reads:

Be a part of us in a march to amplify Black Austin voices and demand the defunding of the Austin Police Division. Town will vote on its funds in August and council member Kathie Tovo is at present proposing no cuts to APD’s funds. That is insubstantial within the face of Austin Justice Collation’s demand of a 100 million greenback reduce Communities of Shade’s demand of a 200 million greenback reduce not to mention the injury that the APD has inflicted on this metropolis.

We’ll meet on the College of Texas campus and march to Tovo’s neighborhood with drums, chalk and audio system to let town know our calls for have to be met. Water and masks will probably be offered, masks are necessary and we are going to hold protected social distancing practices in place. Be a part of us in amplifying the voices of black and brown Austinites and ensure our metropolis leaders are held accountable to the folks they serve, not the police.

The march begins on the UT Austin Tower after which will proceed to Council Member Kathie Tovo’s neighborhood. The march requires masks and social distancing of the members. A pinned submit on the web page notes concern about violence from Trump supporters.

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One other submit on the web page notes that the occasion shouldn’t be 2A pleasant due to concern that individuals will probably be damage in the event that they open carry. They notice that one other protest occurring in downtown Austin tonight by the Mike Ramos Brigade is 2A pleasant.

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The occasion web page additionally instantly addressed the rumors of violence, writing: “Sadly, it seems that right-wingers in Texas are satisfied that our march is BLM busing in anarchists to take over Austin. It seems that a few of them could come out to confront us, so please issue that in your resolution if you wish to come when it comes to security. In excellent news, in keeping with them we’re all getting paid by Soros so first spherical of drinks is on us once I get that Soros Stimulus.”

The submit was shared by the North North College Mutual Help Society. The March to Amplify Black Voices has one other submit by the identical group pinned on its dialogue web page.

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Pictures Are Additionally Circulating Exhibiting ‘Armed’ Conservative Teams

On the identical time, some armed conservative teams have additionally been reported within the Austin space immediately, in keeping with social media posts. The Fb group “Come and Speak It” shared a photograph of an armed group beneath I-35 close to the Austin Police Division headquarters.

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On Reddit, some folks additionally shared seeing folks carrying what regarded like rifles and bulletproof vests within the Austin area, however it wasn’t clear what teams they have been related to.

Simply noticed three guys with ARs and bullet proof vests strolling round Auditorium Shores from Austin

5-7 Guys in Camo with Rifles in Statesman Parking Lot from Austin

Later, one other Redditor shared images of the armed protestors on the Statesman parking zone, which you’ll see within the embedded submit beneath.

Many armed males at statesman from Austin

Earlier immediately, a peaceable group of pro-Trump protesters shaped a caravan on Austin highways to point out their assist for President Donald Trump, KXAN reported. The “MAGA Drag the Interstate” occasion began at 12 p.m. and included a caravan driving on I-35, 183, Mopac, and SH 71.

The Mike Ramos Brigade Is Additionally Planning a Protest Tonight in Downtown Austin

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The Mike Ramos Brigade can also be planning a protest on Saturday night time, which the “March to Amplify Black Voices and Defund the Police” mentioned was 2A pleasant. You’ll be able to see the occasion web page right here. The occasion is in downtown Austin at 4th and Congress, the place Garrett Foster was shot and killed. The occasion runs from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. and it’s known as “Battle for Garrett and Brad! Protest Enemies of the Individuals!”

This occasion’s description reads:

Tribune of the Individuals has uncovered Garrett Foster’s killer, Sergeant Daniel Scott Perry. This disgusting racist scum got here again out to Garrett’s vigil, the very spot the place he drove into protesters and killed Garrett, to threaten and intimidate protesters. After the story was uncovered, Perry’s lawyer admitted to his shopper’s homicide and claimed it was self-defense, additionally noting that Perry feels sympathy for our comrade’s household. The audacity is enraging!!!!!

Recent blood was on APD’s palms, and so they nonetheless let this killer go untouched, similar to how they shield Mike Ramos’ killers AND Brad Ayala’s shooter, Nicholas Gebhart. In 2018, Nicholas was ALSO concerned within the homicide of 23-year-old Thomas Vincent Alvarez.

The racist establishment of police each employs killers and protects them! With out the arduous work of Tribune of the Individuals and the instagram @justice4ayala, these enemies of the folks would stay nameless. We all know APD would shield them so long as attainable, and that’s the reason we’ve got no religion in a justice system that makes use of them as bodyguards.

The imperialist system mandates violence on Black, Chicano, immigrant and dealing class communities from each course. We should battle for folks’s justice, and work to tear down this violent system! Come out and protest these enemies of the folks!

In a later submit, the group mentioned this was additionally a memorial.

If you wish to keep up to date on what occurs tonight, Hiram Gilberto usually goes to downtown Austin and offers live-streamed movies on the bottom. His Fb web page is right here.

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Austin Cuts Police Budget by 1/3 Amid National 'Defund' Push

By ACACIA CORONADO, Report for America/ Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In a unanimous vote, the Austin City Council moved Thursday to cut about one-third of next year's $434 million police budget amid national calls for “defunding” law enforcement agencies in favor of spending more money on social services.

That will come to just over $150 million that will be redirected to social services in the 2021 fiscal budget, which starts Oct 1.

Beginning in October, about $21 million will fund social services, community resources including response to the coronavirus, mental health aid programs, violence prevention, victim services and food, housing and abortion access. Another $80 million will be redistributed to similar city services throughout the year, and $49 million will be spent on city's Reimagine Safety Fund, which aims to provide alternative forms of public safety and community support besides policing.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said during a press conference after the vote that the budget cuts and plans to re-imagine the city's policing would lead to changes unlike anything he had seen in his 30 years of working at the police department.

The cuts will eliminate about 150 open jobs, which would put staffing levels the same as in 2015, Manley said. The priority would be to keep the patrol unit, which responds to 911 calls, fully staffed. He said the department plans to allocate officers accordingly.

Three cadet classes also will be delayed, Manley said, and the department is coming up with alternative plans until cadets can begin their training. Those will include temporary jobs in police department that will give them a salary until they can start as cadets.

“This is not good for us as an agency, it is not good for those cadets and their families, and it is not good for the reputation of the Austin Police Department in the recruiting circles,” Manley said.

Austin Councilman Gregorio Casar, one of the main proponents of cutting the police budget, called the move “unprecedented in Texas” and praised the decision following the vote.

“Extreme, anti-civil rights voices will try to send us backward and are already working (to) mislead people about this vote," Casar said on Twitter. “But today, we should celebrate what the movement has achieved for safety, racial justice, and democracy."

The Austin Police Association, which advocates for Austin officers, criticized the proposal ahead of the vote.

“The council’s budget proposals continue to become more ridiculous and unsafe for Austinites,” the group tweeted. “They are going to ignore the majority who do not want the police defunded.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton criticized the budget cut as another outgrowth of “cancel culture and asked Austin leaders to reconsider the decision.

“The city council’s action to slash funding disregards the safety of our capital city, its citizens, and the many guests who frequent it,” Paxton said in a statement. “The City of Austin already struggles to combat widespread crime, violence and homelessness.”

The move comes after weeks of protests against racial injustice and police brutality in Austin that began afther the May death of George Floyd. Austin protesters have also called attention to the death of Mike Ramos, a Black and Hispanic man who was shot by an Austin police officer in April and Garrett Foster, a protester who was shot during a Black Lives Matter protest by a civilian.

Since June, Austin City Council members have heard hours of testimony from Austin residents on police use of force on protesters in Austin, including pepper spray and less lethal munitions. Two protesters in Austin were hospitalized in June after being shot by police with less lethal munitions during racial injustice protests.

Manley vowed in June to no longer allow police to use less lethal munitions against crowds protesting under first amendment protected speech. Austin council members voted to ban the use of choke-holds and and limit the Austin police budget.

Calls to defund police departments across the nation have grown over the last two months, following outcry over the deaths of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and police uses of force during protests over racial injustice and police brutality.

In Minneapolis, where George Floyd died, a majority of Minneapolis City Council members said in June that they supported disbanding the police department. But on August 5, a Minneapolis commission said they would need more time to review the city council proposed amendment to dismantle the police department citing legal concerns and missing information. The commission's decision ended the possibility for the amendment to be on the November ballot.

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Coronado is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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