AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: The related video was published on May 30, 2020.
The Austin Police Department has started constructing permanent fencing outside of the front steps of its headquarters in Downtown Austin.
The building, located at 715 E. 8th St., was the focal point for numerous protests and demonstrations against police brutality that began in May 2020 and continued into the summer.
During these protests, the APD headquarters were heavily vandalized, including with spray paint and small fires. As of Thursday, windows to the department remained boarded up after the numerous demonstrations over the past year.
PHOTOS: Austin PD constructing permanent fencing outside headquarters
KVUE has reached out to the APD for a statement. This story will be updated once received.
After the Austin City Council voted last year to cut funding from the APD's budget, Gov. Abbott said he believes cities like Austin have turned their backs on law enforcement officers and that, after speaking with APD Chief Brian Manley, Texas will make it "fiscally impossible" for the city to continue defunding the police.
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