After walking more than 200-miles to Austin in hopes of presenting his ideas on police reform to Governor Greg Abbott, Fort Worth Attorney Leon Reed Jr. is headed home.
“There was never a single day that went by where I walked alone,” Reed said. “It was a really humbling experience because it showed that other people are just as committed as I am to the reform.”
Reed made it to Austin last month and has waited 35-days, holding out hope Governor Abbott would agree to meet. But despite meeting briefly with members of his staff, Reed said the Governor never called.
“It was disappointing as a man, as a Texan and as a marine to have walked 200 miles and not even be afforded a phone call,” he said.
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As part of Reed’s plan, he hopes to improve police training and hiring. In doing so, he believes currently frayed relationships with communities of color can be rebuilt and policing as a whole can be improved.
“We want to ensure that anyone who puts on a uniform, badge and straps up with a weapon is the best-trained officer that Texas can provide,” Reed said.
And while he was unable to meet with the Governor, Reed said his mission is only just beginning. With a possible second walk with others being discussed.
“Meeting him(Governor Abbott) is not the conclusion, we are just beginning,” said Reed.