KUT Morning Newspod July 13, 2011
Police Monitor’s Report Gives APD a Mixed Review
Austin’s police monitor has released an annual report for 2010. The report says complaints filed against APD officers are down. 753 complaints were filed last year compared to 913 in 2009.
The report says data on traffic stops show police don’t appear to be pulling people over based on race and ethnicity, but what happens after the stop is different. African-Americans are almost three times as likely as whites to be searched, while Hispanics are over twice as likely as whites to be searched. Despite the disparity, APD did not find minorities had contraband at a rate significantly higher than whites.
You can read Police Monitor Margo Frasier’s full report here.
Travis County Running Out of Burial Space
Travis County officials are looking for land to build a new county cemetery. The current one in East Travis County is running out of space. By state law, Travis County is required bury the homeless or those who cannot afford funeral services. As KUT’s Erika Aguilar reports on today’s podcast, the County only has space for about 40 more plots.
AFD Puts Out East Austin Brush Fire
The Austin Fire Department worked a brush fire near Airport and Springdale Road early Wednesday morning. Firefighters got to the scene of the 2-acre fire around 1 a.m. No homes were threatened and the cause is still under investigation.