Governor Abbott Launching "Domestic Terrorism Task Force"

Alan Scaia
August 14, 2019 - 12:09 pm
Governor Greg Abbott

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DALLAS (KRLD) - Governor Greg Abbott says he is launching a task force to look at ways to prevent shootings like El Paso. Abbott says the task force will provide strategies to maximize the ability of law enforcement to prevent "these hateful acts and extremism in Texas."

“Our top priority is to keep Texans safe in their communities,” Abbott wrote in a statement. “Part of that mission is to combat domestic terrorism and root out the extremist ideologies that fuel hatred and violence in our state.​"

The task force will include state lawmakers, local law enforcement and state agencies, including the Department of Public Safety, Texas Division of Emergency Management and Texas Military Department. Federal agencies will include Customs and Border Protection, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

The task force will hold its first meeting August 30, and Abbott says the group will meet quarterly.

In addition to the task force, Abbott says he wants DPS to act now in conducting an assessment of the domestic terror threat in Texas. He says DPS special agents will start working with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and DPS will increase the number of special agents working on investigations of "Neo-Nazi" and "White nationalist" groups.