Texas governor announces plans to reform state bail system in honor of fallen trooper

Texas governor announces plans to reform state bail system in honor of fallen trooper
Kasey Allen, the widow of fallen state Trooper Damon Allen, talks about a proposal to reform the state's bail system during a Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 press conference in Waco. (Source: Via ABC)
Kasey Allen, the widow of fallen state Trooper Damon Allen, talks about a proposal to reform the state's bail system during a Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 press conference in Waco. (Source: Via ABC)

AUSTIN, TX (KLTV) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is scheduled to hold a press conference addressing reforms to the state bail system to "protect law enforcement and enhance public safety."

The announcement follows the fatal shooting of state Trooper Damon Allen, who was shot during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day in 2017. The suspect in Allen's death, Dabrett Black, had experienced previous run-ins with law enforcement before.

Abbott's office presented the bail reform legislation Tuesday during a press conference in Waco.

The reform act, named the Damon Allen Bond Reform Act, is set to be submitted to the Texas House of Representatives and then voted on in the legislative session.

Allen's widow, Kasey Allen, attended the event and spoke, saying she wanted to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.

"Kasey was robbed of her husband, her children were robbed of their father. Texas must ensure a tragedy like this never happens again," Abbott said.

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