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 pull 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.