Austin, Texas Officer on 'Freedom City' Resolution: Scrutiny Toward Police Officers Is 'Out of Control'
The city of Austin, Texas recently passed what it's calling "Freedom City" resolutions in order to curb arrests for nonviolent offenses and prevent officers from asking about a person's immigration status.
According to CBS Austin, the move requires the city "to be proactive in ending racial disparities in police arrests."
The resolutions would monitor police arrests, log police interactions during arrests and scrutinize requests for immigration enforcement assistance.
"We don't see a disparity. What we see is people breaking the law," Det. Ken Casady, the president of the city's Police Association, said Tuesday on "Fox & Friends First."
Casady was referring to statistics that show 48 percent of vehicle stops in the city were for white drivers, and 75 percent of arrests for invalid licenses were for African-American or Latino drivers.
He said it's important to the people of his city to keep citizens with suspended licenses off the streets, and that the scrutiny toward police officers is often "out of control" and "unjustified."
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"Their licenses are suspended for a reason, so the law needs to be enforced. That's absolutely something we should not be citing and releasing people for," he said.
"Until you step into an officer's shoes, a lot of the criticism is unnecessary."
Casady said that officers should not be asking people for their immigration information during traffic stops or arrests, and said it's uncommon for them to do so.
He also criticized the resolutions because of the potential negative effect it could have regarding crimes that involve other people, like petty theft and criminal trespassing.
"There's no way that these victims should be re-victimized by just letting the person walk away," he said.
"These people need to answer for their crimes even though they are minor."
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