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Report: Texas troopers misidentify Hispanic drivers as white

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A broadcast report says Texas state troopers habitually misidentify the race of Hispanics as white in traffic records, calling into question the accuracy of state data used to monitor racial profiling.


   KXAN-TV in Austin reports a review of data since 2010 shows troopers across the state inaccurately recorded the race of Hispanic drivers. Among the most common surnames listed by troopers as white are Garcia, Martinez, Hernandez, Gonzalez and Rodriguez.


   A state law meant to prevent racial profiling requires authorities to document the race of every driver who is issued a warning or citation, or is arrested.


   DPS spokesman Tom Vinger acknowledged that databases have limited identifying codes. Computer systems have five specific codes for race, but Hispanic is seen as an ethnicity, rather than a race.

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