Arrests in the Nation’s Capital, Part 3

Fact: In Washington, D.C., the adult population is approximately 42% white and 47.6% African American – nearly equal.

Fact: Seven out of 10 traffic arrests are of African Americans.

Fact: “The disparity was less evident for traffic offenses that involved conduct more obvious to an observer, like Driving Under the Influence, as opposed to conduct that is less externally obvious, such as driving on a suspended license.”

SourceRacial Disparities in Arrests in the District of Columbia, 2009-2011, Washington Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

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