Travis County officers say annual report shows no racial profiling

Saturday, Major Darren Long of the Travis County Sheriff's Office said a report of 2014 traffic stops shows there is no racial profiling by deputies.

"Over the last six years we've had zero racial profiling complaints or discrimination complaints," said Long.

The Travis County Sheriff's Office puts together a racial profiling report each year. Saturday, Long met with members of the public to go over the findings in the report.

"It's a breakdown of who we pull over, who we make contact with, whether it's broken down by male/female, by race and then the results of that stop," said Long.  

According to the report, in 2014 Travis County Sheriff's deputies pulled over about 42,500 people. 54 percent of them were white, 29 percent Hispanic and 12 percent were black.

"It's pretty consistent with the demographics of the last census in Austin/Travis County," said Long.

President of the Austin NAACP Nelson Linder said the numbers are encouraging, however, that doesn't mean they're perfect.

"Among African American's we're eight percent of the population, we're 12 percent of the stops. So even in this report there's a higher number, but it's a very small disparity," said Linder.

Linder said numbers from the county are some of the best in the country.

"This is nothing new for them. They take a lot of time to do it the right way and I always promote their system, their numbers, because they're very positive," said Linder.  
"We believe you've got to give respect to get it and we live that every day and we come to work every day not forgetting who we really work for and that's the citizens of Travis County," said Long.

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