Fact: In Washington, D.C., the adult population is approximately 42% white and 47.6% African American – nearly equal.
Fact: Wards with more African American residents witnessed far more arrests.
Fact: The majority of arrests were made in the five wards that are home to 9 out of 10 African Americans residents of the city. In all wards, African Americans made up a disproportionate number of arrests.
Source: Racial Disparities in Arrests in the District of Columbia, 2009-2011, Washington Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs