New Report Reveals Racial Disparities in Police Arrests in DC

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of DC released a report earlier this week that found grave racial disparities in DC policing from 2013 to 2017. The report revealed trends similar to those found nationwide, which see Black people disproportionately arrested for minor offenses in the city.

The ACLU of DC report, which looked at arrest data from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for the years 2013 to 2017, found that Black people accounted for 47 percent of Washington DC’s population, but 86 percent of its arrestees. During that time, Black people were arrested at a rate 10 times higher than white people.

According to the ACLU, Black people were not just arrested at higher rates in predominantly Black neighborhoods but all over DC. Michael Perloff, the Harvard Law School Public Service Venture Fund Fellow at the ACLU of DC, told The North Star that the…

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