City Council passes ordinances targeting racial disparity in arrests

June 14, 2018

A study that tracked Austin Police Department arrests shows African-Americans were more likely to get arrested instead of just getting a ticket for minor non-violent misdemeanor offenses than any other race. Those include marijuana possession, driving with an invalid driver's license and city ordinance violations.

"African-Americans and Latinos make up about 45 percent of Austin's population but from police data, it shows they make up 75 percent of the driving while license invalid arrest," Casar said.

Data analyst and campaigns coordinator for Grassroots Leadership, Chris Harris, believes there's a problem with our justice system.

"Racial disparity and arrests are a serious problem in our community," he said.