Austin, Texas police data show Hispanics, blacks more likely to be searched in traffic stops

Black and Hispanic drivers who were pulled over in traffic stops in Austin last year were more than twice as likely to be searched than their white counterparts, according to the latest racial profiling reportreleased by the Austin Police Department.

Officers searched 6 percent of white drivers pulled over in traffic stops but searched 14 percent of Hispanics drivers and 17 percent of black drivers, according to the 2018 data, which also found that those Hispanic and black drivers searched were only slightly more likely to have contraband than white drivers.

The figures are similar to what has been reported in previous years, including in 2017, when Hispanics also were twice as likely to be searched after being pulled over as whites and black people were three times as likely to be searched, data show.