Arrests in the Nation’s Capital, Part I

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

Fact: From 2009-2011, more than 8 out of 10 arrests are of African Americans.

Fact: Police in Washington, D.C., arrest the equivalent of 17% of the adult African American population annually, and the equivalent of 30% of the adult male African American population annually.

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


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