On July 12, 2013 the Washington Lawyers Committee issued a report detailing the disparate impact of existing drug laws and drug policies on the citizens of the District of Columbia. While there are about as many African Americans aged 18 or older (47.6%) as there are adult whites (42%) living in this city, the report showed that from 2009 through 2011, more than 8 out of 10 arrests in D.C. were of African Americans and 90 percent of
individuals arrested for drug offenses were African American. Six out of 10 drug arrests were for simple possession of controlled substances.
The inequitable policing policies are even more dramatically evident in the numbers of traffic and "public order" offenses. Nearly 70 percent of traffic arrests were of African Americans, while 80 percent of individuals arrested for disorderly conduct were African American or Hispanic.
Check out the full report for more details on these disparities.