Report shows APD pulls over Black, Hispanic drivers at disproportionately higher rates

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November 17, 2020 - 8:41 am

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- A new report from the City of Austin finds that Hispanic and Black drivers in Austin continue to be pulled over by Austin Police at disproportionately higher rates than their percentage of the population.

The report, produced by the Office of Police Oversight, the Office of Innovation, and the Equity Office, analyzed 2019 vehicle stop data and looked at the race/ethnicity of those involved in those stops.

According to the report, Black/African Americans make up approximately 8% of Austin’s voting age population, but experienced 14% of APD's motor vehicle stops, 25% of stops resulting in searches, and 25% of stops resulting in arrests in 2019.

The report also looked at when and where officers issued warnings, compared to citations or arrests. According to the data, warnings were most concentrated on the west wide of the city, while arrests were more common on the east side.

"APD’s data continues to show that disproportionality in traffic stops exists and adversely impacts Black and Brown community members," Office of Police Oversight Director Farah Muscadin said in a statement. "This is an opportunity for the Austin Police Department to take action to eliminate these disparities and rebuild trust with the communities that have been negatively impacted."

An APD spokesperson said the department is in the process of reviewing the report's findings. "We remain committed to eliminating racial disparities among communities of color and underrepresented populations," the statement said.

The full report can be found on the City of Austin's website.

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