Texas’ racial profiling laws are meant to root out policing that targets people of color. The laws have been on the books for 20 years and require law enforcement agencies to gather their traffic stop data annually, comparatively analyze it and submit the details to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, or TCOLE. But a KXAN investigation has uncovered TCOLE failed to mandate and collect that information and opted not to use its enforcement authority hundreds of times in recent years when police agencies failed to report.
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Texas does little to pinpoint racial profiling, even in its capital city.
Hundreds of police agencies fail to report racial profiling data.
State leaders promise to fix TCOLE after our investigation.
Records show proving racial profiling is nearly impossible.
Texas makes major changes following racial profiling investigation.
Police administrators face violations of a racial profiling law.
All Texas police agencies submit racial profiling data for the first time.