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Seattle police are writing fewer jaywalking tickets, but high rate still issued to black pedestrians

The “Don’t Walk” symbol isn’t keeping pedestrians from jaywalking against the light at this crosswalk on Ninth Avenue at Westlake Avenue during the lunch hour on July 17th, 2017.

“On the face of it, it appears to be a disparity,” said Seattle Police Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant. Overall, jaywalking tickets are way down in Seattle, but a disproportionate percentage are issued to black people.

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