Article from The Washington Free Beacon by David Rutz.

The city council of Austin, Texas, unanimously passed a resolution last week directing police to make fewer arrests for non-violent crimes.

The measure directs police to avoid arrests for misdemeanors, including those for “smoking marijuana, having drug paraphernalia, and taking part in petty theft,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Greg Casar, an Austin City Councilman, pushed for the resolution because he said the non-violent arrests targeted minorities.

“Poor people of color in our city are over-punished and over-incarcerated,” Casar said. “If people are being arrested less, we can also prevent people from being put in the deportation pipeline.”

Read the entire article at Reason.

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