Texas: Gainesville Police Chief presents racial profiling report to the City Council–a year after the Sandra Bland Act has gone into effect

Police Chief Kevin Phillips says based on the review and analysis of data contained in the Gainesville Police Department’s annual racial profiling report, there is no indication that officers have engaged in any type of racial profiling.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Phillips presented the 2018 racial profiling report to members of the Gainesville City Council. All council members were present for Tuesday’s meeting with the exception of Mayor Jim Goldsworthy who officials said was out of town.

Phillips said the report looks a little different this year because Senate Bill 1849, also known as the Sandra Bland Act, made some changes to the racial profiling requirements. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill into law on June 15, 2017.

“Because we were able to have an exemption under Tier 1 reporting because we had mobile video systems in our cars, we only reported data on traffic stops that resulted in a citation or an arrest,” Phillips said.

Phillips said Senate Bill 1849 eliminated the Tier 1 exemption, so now all Texas agencies must report on all traffic stops that result in either a warning, verbal warning, a citation or an arrest.