Mapping the arrests

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 

Wiggling one’s body while in handcuffs, bracing one’s hand on a steering wheel during an arrest, yelling at a police officer — all are among the grounds for an "assaulting a police officer" charge in the District of Columbia. The map below indicates where arrests took place throughout the city from 2012-2014, with concentrations in the central part of the urban area and also in the predominantly black neighborhoods in the Southeast. Ninety percent of these arrests were of black people, more than 75 percent male.

Map by Kelly Martin, Investigative Reporting Workshop Sources: Investigative Reporting Workshop and WAMU 88.5 research on about 2,000 cases in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 2012-2014