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Governor Greg Abbott Speaks to Sheriff's Association of Texas

Governor Greg Abbott spoke to the Sheriff's Association of Texas today.

Governor Abbott delivered remarks at the 139th annual Sheriffs' Association Training Conference and Expo in Grapevine today. In his remarks, Governor Abbott outlined legislation passed during the regular session. In particular, Abbott discussed a law that was passed that would make a crime against a police officer because of his uniform a hate crime and the establishment of a grant program for body armor.

Following his statement, Governor Abbott issued a statement, saying, "Respect for our law enforcement officers must be restored in our nation. The badge every sheriff and every officer wear over his or her heart is a reminder of a sacred trust, commitment and contract with each of us. For law enforcement to stand in front of us and all that threatens, we must stand behind them. It is time for us to unite as Texans and as Americans and to say no more – no more will we tolerate disrespect for those who serve, and no more will we allow the evil merchants of hate tear us apart."

Photo by Texas Tribune

Photo by Texas Tribune

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