Austin City Council unanimously approves “Freedom City” policies

June 15, 2018
Community Impact Newsletter

Late Thursday evening, Austin City Council voted unanimously to pass two “Freedom City” ordinances intended to reduce racial disparities in discretionary arrests and to ensure police officers who ask about immigration status inform people of their right not to answer.

More than 100 people signed up to speak about the policies.

“This is an important first step for the city to take,” said Rebecca Sanchez of the local nonprofit group Grassroots Leadership, which works to end mass incarceration, in a statement on Thursday. “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.”