Police say academy in TX accused of ‘racially profiling’ blacks
Police in Texas say an academy in the state capital of Austin is accused of using racist and anti-black practices.
On Tuesday, The Daily Caller News Foundation reviewed documents obtained through an open records request.
The documents include internal documents from an academy where students have been charged with felony charges, and internal documents describing a “black hood” system used to identify black students who failed a classroom-related test.
The academy was opened in 2014 by Academy Odessa, which is owned by a church-affiliated church group and has been accused of discriminating against students of color.
The school is one of three in the Austin-area that receive funding from the state Department of Education.
A fourth school, which was created by the city of Austin, was closed in December.
The Daily Caller reached out to the Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department in the United States Department of Agriculture, the United Negro College Fund and the Texas Department of State Health Services, but none of their departments responded.
The Texas Department in Education did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the documents obtained by TheDCNF, a police academy officer told students at the academy in January that “the hood is a racist device to identify individuals of color” and that “black people are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system.”
The documents also say that in the academy, students were given a “special hood” which identifies “all students of all races.”
“Black students are significantly overrepresented in criminal cases, especially in Texas, and therefore should be more readily identified and brought to the attention of law enforcement,” the academy officer wrote.
“A special hood is used to locate students of different races and therefore is the preferred method to identify those students of African American descent.”
The academy also said it had a “white hood” that was “used to identify students of any color.”
“The white hood is utilized to identify white students of the African American community.
It is also used to classify all students who are not white,” the officer wrote in the document.
In February, the academy was cited by the Texas Civil Rights Commission for racial discrimination.
The department’s chief of staff, John E. Jones, resigned over the issue.
The state’s Department of Public Safety did not respond to multiple requests for comment from NBC News.
A Texas law enforcement official told NBC News that the academy is not required to be accredited by the state, but that the school should have the proper documentation to be a law enforcement academy.
“If you’re trying to train police officers, you want them to be able to deal with this issue,” the official said.
“And when you have a school that’s operating with no regulations, that’s not going to be the case.
The school needs to be compliant with the law.”