An analysis published by multiple department found out that Black and Hispanic drivers were stopped by police without proper reason in Austin.
Police continue to pull over Black and Hispanic drivers disproportionately, according to a city reports published on Thursday. The report stated that Black and African American people were over-represented where they made up 15% of the stops made by motor vehicles and 25% of arrests made by traffic cops. These numbers seem really alarming, since African-Americans make up for only 8% percent of the population.
Apart from the African-American community, Hispanics and Latinos also face discrimination as they make up 33% of vehicles stops and 43% of arrests in Austin
On the contrary, the reports suggest that Whiyes and Hispanics are under-representated. Among 54%, 47% of stops were made by them, resulting into 31% of arrests.
Asians contribute to 4% of stops and 0.9% of arrest, but 6% of people are 18 or older. According to some, this disparity is primarily because black and African Americans are more likely to commute into Austin from surrounding communities, even though the report shows no data to support this theory.
The report suggested that people of all races and ethnicities studied have similar commuting habits. Additionally, the Austin Police Department also publishes a report on racial profiling where they looked at the race and ethnicities of people pulled over between 2015 and 2018 in order to understand and take action against the disparity.