Groups including NAACP, Austin Justice Coalition, and Black Voters Matter are protesting what they call voter suppression while the GOP maintains it's a way to make sure Texas elections are secure. Watch the protest here.
Since 2015, Stanford University's Open Policing project has attempted to track the total number of traffic stops conducted by state and local police across the country. ValuePenguin analyzed the figures provided by Stanford to track the chance that a typical driver will be stopped and the effects on insurance that such stops bring. Read the report's results here.
Texas isn’t following its own law on racial profiling; Police don’t analyze who they pull over
A KXAN investigation found TCOLE, the state’s central repository, failed to mandate and collect the data analysis and opted not to use its enforcement authority. In hundreds of instances, racial profiling data is missing from its database. Read more here.
On Monday, state Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, joined Texas NAACP President Gary Bledsoe, Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder, and members of the campus community to denounce UT's decision to keep the tune as its alma mater after last month's Eyes of Texas History Committee report on the song's origins. Read more here.
Cash bond, the dominant bail system in Texas, allows an individual to secure release by merely posting the full cash amount with the court clerk or by paying a fee to a bondsman, who acts as a surety on the bail amount and guarantees the person's appearance in court.
In Texas, a wealthy, high-risk individual charged with a violent offense can almost immediately post a high dollar cash bail, while a poor, low-risk person accused of a non- violent crime can spend years in pre-trial detention waiting for their case to be heard. It is intellectually dishonest to argue that such a system does not violate the accused's constitutional rights and the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Read more here.
For frequent updates, visit the Facebook page of Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder!