For three years, Police Monitor Margo Frasier has examined the negative perception some minority groups have of Austin Police.
"I was trying to figure out why is it that there is this feeling of being picked on?" Frasier said.
The answer could be in the Police Monitors own yearly research.
"It continues to be a situation where people of color are searched more often by the police department," Frasier said.
Local activist Nelson Linder is calling for police accountability.
"When I was here last month, four days later Larry Jackson Jr. was killed," Nelson said.
Frasier’s findings, according to Linder, is evidence of ignored indicators where APD's poor record on race relations frequently turns deadly.
"Byron Carter, 2011, Ahmede Bradley, 2012, and now Larry Jackson in 2013," Linder said.
The East Austin leader says the council does a great job running the city
"But when it comes to black people being shot, they are not involved," he said.
Linder considers APD under Police Chief Art Acevedo's watch as rogue, ignoring pursuit policies in the Jackson case last month
as well as in the 2011 death of Byron Carter Jr.
"Thank God, the Department of Justice is back involved again," Linder said.
The DOJ was called upon by City Manager Marc Ott to review the same policies Linder accuses APD of breaking.
"And they carry some weight for the most and get people's attention,” Linder said. “If they get involved, the city council can get involved as well.”
Despite his passion, Linder believes the law will never be on his side, of color
"They don't convict white officers for shooting black people. That is the bottom line," Linder said.
The Police Monitor is expected to release her latest report within a couple of weeks. Highlights will include race relations as well as use-of-force incidents in the past year.
Linder offers three examples in which he believes police broke foot pursuit policies: the death of Jackson, the death of Ahmede Bradley and the death of Byron Carter Jr. All three were black men shot and killed by Austin police officers.