- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The chief of the Seattle Police Department has asked the City Council members if they want her officers to stop issuing $27 fines for public pot use.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/ixQRqo ) that Chief Kathleen O’Toole said Monday that she didn’t want to report to the council every six months, as pot use tickets have been generating national news.

Results of a police department study found that in the second half of 2014, although blacks make up about 8 percent of Seattle’s population, they received about 27 percent of tickets issued.

Council members said they should provide O’Toole with better guidance, but be wary that a complaint-driven ticket system may be reflecting the biases of callers and leading to unfair enforcement.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com


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