FOX 7 Discussion: City Council Passes Policies Aimed at Addressing Racial Disparities

Earlier this month, the city of Austin passed several measures called Freedom City Policies aimed at addressing racial disparities in police arrests.

The measures were passed unanimously by the city council making the city of Austin the first city in Texas to become a Freedom City.

The new policies are meant to help curb arrests for non-violent offenses that includes driving with an invalid license or possession of less than two-ounces of marijuana.

Officials say Freedom City Policies are also meant to prevent officers from asking about a person's immigration status.

FOX 7 Austin’s Mike Warren and Rebecca Thomas talked to President of the Austin Police Association’s Ken Casaday about the initiative.