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How Accusations of ‘Defunding Police’ Could Decide a Dallas City Council Runoff



DALLAS, TX – The backlash came quickly. The Dallas City Council voted last year to slash the city’s police overtime budget by $7 million, and although they increased the overall police budget by $15 million, the accusations poured in. Critics including Gov. Greg Abbott said they were trying to “defund the police,” referring to a slogan popularized during Black Lives Matter rallies.

District 14 City Council member David Blewett had voted to approve the overtime cut, but he’s now reversed course. He says he wants to fully restore the funds.

In an announcement Friday, Blewett said there are forces attempting to divide us. “We must seek unity over division,” he said. “In that vein, today I stand proud to receive the support of Elizabeth Viney.”