A progressive congressman associated with “The Squad” who proudly voted to defund the Austin Police Department as a city council member and blasted the department just last week for alleged racist practices is under fire after requesting a police patrol at his home from the same department. 

“It’s come to our attention that Anti police king of the defund movement in Austin @GregCasar who only last week called APD an agency with racist practices has requested enhanced patrols around his house for the next week,” the Austin Police Retired Officers Association posted on X Tuesday.

“We want everyone in Austin to feel safe,” the post added. “But this seems to us as the height of hypocrisy from the congressman. Maybe he should hire private security like his fellow squad members do. Sure seems like he wants the police in his neighborhood just not yours.”

Casar’s request was made through the United States Capitol Police in Washington, D.C., which forwarded the request to the Austin Police Department.

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Greg Casar, D-Texas; Jasmine Crockett, D-Texas, center; and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., conduct a news conference with newly elected incoming members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Casar was perhaps the most vocal driver of defunding the Austin Police Department in 2020 while he was a member of the city council. It led to a police shortage and a wave of officer retirements that critics say the city has still not recovered from. 

“We did it!!” Casar posted on X in August 2020. “Austin City Council just reduced APD’s budget by over $100 million *and* reinvested resources into our community’s safety and well-being.”

Additionally, Casar sent a letter last week to the Justice Department criticizing practices within the Austin Police Department, highlighting the “need for systemic reforms to the Department’s policies and practices of excessive and lethal use of force, racial discrimination, and discrimination against people with mental health conditions.”

News of the request for the security detail, which was confirmed by Fox News Digital, drew immediate criticism from Austin residents on social media, many suggesting the request was an example of hypocrisy.

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Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Greg Casar, D-Texas, attend a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

“So @GregCasar believes APD is a racist institution that requires DOJ oversight but then requests more APD patrols around his house,” Austin personal injury attorney Adam Loewy posted on X. “Interesting juxtaposition.”

“Greg Casar is a fraud,” Travis County GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak posted on X.

Dennis Farris, president of the Austin Police Retired Officers Association, told Fox News Digital he believes Casar should receive extra protection if there are officers available to do it and there is a credible threat but added the request is the “height of hypocrisy.”

A week ago, he was calling the Austin Police Department a racist department that targeted Black and brown people, and this week he’s asking the exact same department to do enhanced patrols around his house,” Farris said. 

“It doesn’t matter what political party they’re in. If they ask us for our help, we will give it to them,” Farris added. “The last thing we want is something happening to them. My issue with it and the issue that most of my members are going to have with it is the fact that this guy, you know, it’s the whole squad thing, right? It’s the whole, ‘We hate the cops, we hate the cops, we hate the cops. Oh, please, come help us now.’ He is the architect. He is the architect of defund the cops in Austin. He started this whole mess.


Cyclists pass beneath the downtown skyline on the hike and bike trail on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas  (Reuters/Julia Robinson)

Casar’s office told reporters it does “not comment on active security matters related to the Congressman.”

“Our office has not been in communication with the Austin Police Department on this matter because these issues are handled by the United States Sergeant at Arms, who then works with U.S. Capitol Police and local law enforcement agencies.”

Casar’s office pointed to a statement from U.S. House Sergeant at Arms William McFarland that said, “The Sergeant at Arms takes the safety of Members of Congress very seriously.

“We ask the public and law enforcement agencies to not comment on specific security measures or active cases because doing so exposes potential vulnerabilities.” 

A spokesperson for the United States Capitol Police told reporters it “does not discuss any of the potential security measures that are available to all of the members of Congress” due to “safety reasons.”

An Austin Police Department spokesperson told reporters it is “aware of the request made by Representative Greg Casar” and is “following the same protocol and assessment we would as with all requests.”

“Our agency takes all public safety concerns seriously. Our priority is having a secure and safe community for everyone to feel protected while maintaining the confidentiality of sensitive information.”

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