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.
In a report on Marijuana.com, Jay Arthur dubbed the cop “ the Javier Bardem of marijuana,” noting that the officer appears to have taken pleasure in issuing marijuana citations and “once referred to Washington’s newfound marijuana laws as ‘silly.’”
Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole reported that once, the police officer flipped a coin to decide whom to cite for pot. The officer, who is being kept anonymous, was reported to Seattle’s Office of Professional Accountability and removed from patrol pending internal investigation.