‘Freedom city’ policies have measured effect one year after Austin City Council approval

June 19, 2019
Community Impact Newspaper

Data from the Austin Police Department shows two “freedom city” policies, unanimously passed by Austin City Council one year ago, are having their intended effect, slightly reducing racial disparities in APD’s use of discretionary arrests and contributing to a sharp decrease in the number of instances in which APD officers assisted federal immigration agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Council members voted June 14, 2018, to approve two policies meant to reduce racial disparities in discretionary arrests and to ensure police officers who ask about immigration status inform people of their right not to answe