'Freedom city' policies bring misdemeanor arrests down by more than 60 percent

June 19, 2019
Fox 7

According to the Austin Police Department's report, racial inequities in these arrests decreased but only slightly. The Hispanic community accounted for about 36 percent of discretionary arrests before this year, going down to 29 percent. Black people accounted for 31 percent and now they account for 27 percent, still overrepresented, to be just 8 percent of Austin's population.

"The black community and Latino community, it's still disproportional because of the population here in Austin," said Chantel Pridgon, Grassroots Leadership. Pridgon said she experienced a low level arrest firsthand. She says she was arrested for having an invalid license.