City of Houston

After El Paso Shooting, Houston Plans to Boost Police Presence

Mayor Sylvester Turner is allocating an additional $1.5 million for public safety.

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The city of Houston will spend an extra $1.5 million on police overtime in response to Saturday's mass shooting in El Paso.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he's working with Police Chief Art Acevedo on a plan to put more officers on the streets.

"We want to assure people in the city of Houston that we want to be proactive," Turner said. "We want to make sure that we have the necessary resources and manpower that are out there in our streets and our neighborhoods to help to keep the public safe."

The alleged shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto before the incident showing he was motivated by anti-Latino racism. Turner said that's one reason behind the extra police presence.

"For people who are immigrants, that are in our city and they're very nervous, it's important to know that we are enhancing our presence to protect them," Turner said.

Chief Acevedo declined to give details about the additional overtime, saying it's part of a tactical plan.

Both the mayor and the police chief asked residents to report any suspicious behavior.

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Jen Rice

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Jen Rice is the City Hall reporter at Houston Public Media, where she covers topics like Houston City Council and housing. Jen was born and raised in Houston's 100-year floodplain. She graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University and has a master's degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs...

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