Austin becomes Texas' first 'Freedom City'

June 15, 2018
CBS Austin

Austin City Council has unanimously passed what are being called "Freedom City" resolutions.

Groups including Grassroots Leadership, Workers Defense Project and United We Dream say minorities across the country and here in Austin aren't treated fairly when it comes to arrests or interactions with police.

“We are excited about our victory tonight. This is an important first step for the city to take,” says Rebecca Sanchez of Grassroots Leadership. “This is a long term struggle and we are in part one of what is actually a decathlon. We’re committed to fighting for a city where we redefine safety for ourselves — and not through badges, and where we determine how our communities thrive.”