Discretionary arrests by Austin Police are heavily skewed by race. Here’s how.
I’ve authored a resolution — cosponsored by Mayor Adler, Council Member Garza, and Council Member Kitchen — to 1: eliminate unnecessary arrests for nonviolent misdemeanors (and just give people citations instead), 2: confront racial disparity in all our arrests, and 3: spend our police resources on more serious issues. The full City Council will vote on it this coming Thursday, June 14th. You can read that resolution here: