- November 8, 2015

Investigation: Austin Police Are Labeling Minority Drivers ‘White’


KXAN — Following a KXAN investigation showing Texas Department of Public Safety troopers incorrectly documenting minority drivers as “white” in traffic stops, KXAN also uncovered the same problem in the Austin Police Department. Because of what we found, APD Chief of Police Art Acevedo is ordering a review of the city’s entire traffic citation system.

By law, police officers are required to determine and document a person’s race to the best of their ability so traffic stop data can be used to monitor whether law enforcement is racially profiling. The law is very clear, race and ethnicity are treated the same.