Residents of several apartment complexes near police department headquarters have received letters from property managers, warning that “armed” protesters may try to access the buildings to get a better view of the protests below, FOX 7 of Austin reported.
Hundreds of Austin police officers – many of them in riot gear, or riding horses or bicycles – were being deployed in the capital city of Texas in a bid to minimize rioting and vandalism, the Austin American Statesman reported.
Messages posted on social media suggested that demonstrators planned to set up an “autonomous zone” in Austin – similar to the “CHOP” area that was set up in Seattle this summer – but those claims could not be immediately confirmed.
Earlier in the evening, a crowd marched from the University of Texas campus toward the home of Austin City Councilmember Kathie Tovo – to call on her to help slash the city’s police budget by $100 million.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.