Austin Mayor Steve Adler accused of sleeping at cop’s funeral

Austin Mayor Steve Adler apologized to the household of a late police officer after he was accused of falling asleep throughout a funeral honoring the cop who died in an off-duty motorbike crash final month.

Adler expressed regret after a photograph was posted on-line by an Austin police officer that confirmed him together with his eyes shut and head apparently resting on his chest through the memorial service for officer Anthony Martin.

Adler and the Austin police division have a strained relationship, stemming, partially, from a funds lower signed off by the mayor and different metropolis council members in 2020 earlier than it was later restored, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

“For those who’re going to defund and destroy a police division as their mayor then attend a extremely revered officer’s funeral, maybe don’t proceed to disrespect that officer’s household, buddies, and others by falling asleep,” tweeted Justin Berry, who’s an Austin police officer and former GOP candidate for a state seat.

Austin police officer Anthony Martin was remembered during his funeral Monday.
Austin police officer Anthony Martin was remembered throughout his funeral Monday.
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“You’ve time and time once more proven nothing however contempt and utmost disrespect in direction of the women and men of the Austin Police Division but additionally our households,” added Berry, who can also be the commissioner of the Texas Fee on Legislation Enforcement.

Adler, in a press release to Fox Information Digital, didn’t affirm or deny he was asleep through the service.

“I need to categorical my deepest apologies to the household of Officer Martin. Officer Martin died 10 days in the past and can perpetually be honored as a hero,” Adler advised Fox Information.

“This second ought to be about him and his household, together with his two daughters whose phrases at this time pierced my coronary heart as a father.

“I maintain Officer Martin within the highest regard. Could his reminiscence be a blessing to his household, and to town he served.”

The service started at 11 a.m. and lasted about an hour, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Thomas Villarreal, the pinnacle of the Austin Police Affiliation, advised the newspaper the mayor’s actions distracted from honoring Martin.

“I’ve expressed my frustration on to Steve and can cope with that situation at a later time,” he stated. “For now, I ask everybody to please maintain Tony’s household in your prayers.”

The Austin Metropolis Council voted to slash $150 million from the police division’s funds when the defund-the-police motion was at its peak with a transfer to scale back the funds by $20 million instantly in 2020, the Texas Tribune reported again then.

Fox Information reported town was compelled to reverse these cuts after a regulation was handed by Texas state lawmakers.

Officer Anthony Martin was killed in a crash last month off-duty.
Officer Anthony Martin was killed in a crash final month whereas off responsibility.

Martin was killed in a crash whereas on his means house from an evening shift when a car turned left in entrance of Martin’s motorbike on the freeway, the Texas Division of Public Security stated, in accordance with Fox 7.

The crash investigation is ongoing, Fox Information reported.

Martin began his profession with Austin police in 2006 after serving within the Air Drive for 20 years, in accordance with the American-Statesman.

Adler beforehand requested a second of silence finally Thursday’s metropolis council assembly and supplied town’s assist in a dialog with Martin’s widow, the newspaper reported.

“To the officer’s household, we grieve with you and to your complete drive with the lack of their colleague,” Adler reportedly stated.

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