Walking While Black
Racial profiling is alive and well in Texas. First there was Driving While Black. Now, a new report shows that in San Antonio, African American pedestrians were three times more likely to be stopped last year than whites or hispanics.
On a more positive note, Grits for Breakfast reports that the Texas Senate has followed the House and approved a bill establishing a central registry of data pertaining to racial profiling. Here's a statistic for you:
The data gathered under Texas' racial profiling law, though isn't just about race, but also about police practices like consent searches. This data contributed to the decision by the Austin Police Department to begin requiring written consent at traffic stops, then documented a 63% decline in drivers' consent to search after the policy was implemented.
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