Austin mayor embroiled in fight with police officials amid fallout over street race takeover

While denouncing the weekend street occupation in downtown Austin that resulted in one officer being hurt and multiple police vehicles being damaged,

Austin Mayor Kirk Watson accused the police union of making "false comments" that "wrongly conflate this illegal incident with important

community conversations about safety and oversight. On Saturday night in Austin, car clubs shut up a number of junctions,

drifted in the middle of the roadway, and let off fireworks while enormous crowds watched the mayhem.

APD vehicles were damaged, and one Austin Police Department (APD) officer was hurt. Two of the Travis County

Sheriff's Office's police vehicles had to be pulled away from the scene after the windows were broken out,

a representative for the agency told Fox News Digital. After months of negotiations, the Austin City Council scrapped a four-year deal with

the APD just days prior to the event. The city's underfunded force sorely needs more officers,

and that contract provided for the hiring of 200 by the end of 2024 and another 200 by the end of 2025. Under the pact,

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