Washington legalized private marijuana use last year and opened up recreational pot shops early last month, law enforcement has continued to cite people for smoking in public and other pot-related activities that remain prohibited. In the state’s largest city, 83 marijuana citations were given in the first half of 2014. However, as evidenced in the Seattle Police Department’s biennial report, just one cop with a racist vendetta was responsible for 66 (80 percent) of those citations. The police department told Reuters, “36 percent of the tickets were issued to African-Americans, who make up just eight percent of the city’s population.”
The Seattle PD made note of the disproportionate arrests of black people in a statement to the press.