PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) – Leading up to a planned protest against police violence this afternoon, KXAN obtained a copy of report created by Pflugerville police that details the frequency and race of drivers the department pulls over while driving.
As required by law, Pflugerville police report so-called “contact” statistics, essentially data related to the races of drivers that are stopped by police.
Pflugerville’s 2015 report says the city has complied with the law, and it does not indicate the city engages in racial profiling.
Assistant Police Chief Jim McLean said the department goes “above and beyond what the law requires when it comes to racial profiling.” The department’s reports are made by Dr. Alex Del Carmen, a national recognized expert in the field performs all our audits and racial profiling reports, McLean added.
The report shows the percentage of white people contacted by police has declined in the past 14 years, while the percentage of black people contacted by police has risen in the same time period.
The report also shows a higher frequency of searches of African Americans by Pflugerville PD, but a higher percentage of Caucasians were contacted by department officers in 2015.
The population of African Americans rose from 11.9 percent to 15.5 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to U.S. Census data.
Police forces, such as Pflugerville’s, are required by law to catalog race data from traffic stops. The intent of the law is to detect and remedy, if necessary, possible racial profiling.
The report suggests Pflugerville PD perform an independent analysis of search data collected in the first quarter of 2016 and commission data audits to check the integrity of the department’s statistics.
(Story has been corrected to reflect that there is not a higher percentage of African Americans stopped by police than white drivers)