Report Shows Austin Police More Likely to Stop Black and Hispanic Drivers

The Austin Police Department recently released a racial profiling report indicating that when police officers pulled over black and Hispanic drivers in 2018, they were twice as likely to search them and their vehicles for contraband, as compared to white drivers whom they pulled over. Overall, officers searched only 6% of white drivers during traffic stops, as opposed to 14% of Hispanic drivers and 17% of black drivers. Nonetheless, of the drivers whom police officers searched, Hispanic and black drivers were only slightly more likely to be in possession of contraband. These searches resulted in police finding contraband about 30% of the time, regardless of the driver’s race. More specifically, the rates of finding contraband were 27% for white drivers, 30% of Hispanic drivers, and 31% of black drivers during traffic stops. Report Shows Austin Police More Likely to Stop Black and Hispanic DriversThis report is in line with previous reports from the Austin Police…

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