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Gov. Greg Abbott floats pardons for Austin police officers charged with excessive force in 2020 protests

Abbott’s move is the latest in a long clash between Texas Republicans and Austin-area officials over policing — and comes as the push for reform in the Texas capital enters a more complex and uncertain chapter.

A crowd raises their hands in protest in front of the Austin Police Department's headquarters in downtown Austin during the George Floyd and Michael Ramos protests on May 31, 2020.

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“Very difficult to convict police officers”

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