Arrests in the Nation’s Capital, Part 4

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

Fact: The only category where whites made up a majority of arrests was in the “failure to disobey a lawful order” category of traffic arrests.

Fact: This category represents almost half of all white arrests per year, but only approximately 5% of total arrests in the District of Columbia annually.

Fact: The address for these arrests is commonly 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (the White House).

Fact: In other words, nearly half of the total annual arrests of white people in Washington, D.C. occur during protests, when white people *want* to get arrested.

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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