Racial Profiling Whitewash

Number 27230
Subject Racial Profiling
Source KXAN/NBC Austin
Year 2015
Publication Date 11/6/2015, 11/08/2015, 11/9/2015, 11/10/2015, 11/18/2015, 12/16/2015, 12/17/2015
Summary This KXAN investigation uncovered state and local law enforcement agencies wrongly reporting the race of minority drivers during traffic stops. KXAN analyzed more than 16 million Texas Department of Public Safety traffic stop records and revealed the state law enforcement agency systematically under-reported the number of minorities, mostly Hispanics, stopped on Texas roads by state troopers. The investigation questioned the validity of DPS racial profiling reports and led to immediate statewide changes in the way Texas troopers conduct traffic stops and record racial profiling data. KXAN found the same problem in the Austin Police Department which prompted an immediate audit of APD's traffic stop data and race recording practices which found APD in violation of the Texas racial profiling law. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEG0q7WR1U
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Keywords reporting; police; white; minorities; false records
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