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NAACP: Austin's laws unfairly target African Americans

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The local NAACP chapter president is accusing city leaders of turning a blind eye when it comes to racial disparities in Austin.

Austin NAACP president, Nelson Linder, told the city's Human Right's Commission that Austin's laws unfairly target African Americans-focusing mainly on officer involved shootings.

"We are disappointed in the use of force statistics in this city from a racial stand point," Linder said.

Linder proposed two resolutions to the Commission Monday evening. One to allocate $15 million from the city budget to alleviate racial disparities in the African American community and another that would compensate the family of Byron Carter Jr. who was killed in an officer involved shooting.

"These shootings are continuing, and as a result they're not being addressed properly," he said.

Austin Assistant Police Chief Raul Manguia says the department makes every effort to train officers on the use of deadly force.

"It's our goal not to have any of these types of events, however there are times that it's necessary, but it is something that we try to avoid as much as possible through solid policies and adequate training," Assistant Police Chief Manguia said.

Linder says he wants the Commission and City Council to see his belief that state laws shield officers from accountability.

"These laws are outdated and as a result you're not going to get any indictments or any convictions on police officers when they shoot black people. It's that simple," Linder said.

The Human Rights Commission voted to table the issue until next month's meeting, citing more research needs to be done.

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