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An analysis of court records shows African-American residents are charged and fined at higher rates than whites in Multnomah County.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jo Ann Hardesty, president of the Portland NAACP and a former lawmaker, spoke at Saturday's March for Justice and Equality.For everything from jaywalking to driving without a license, it pays to be white in Oregon if you run afoul of the law.

What you really don't want to be is black.

For example, littering fines for African-Americans are nearly double those imposed on whites, according to an analysis of cases filed in state court from 2005 to 2016.

Transit fare violations? Those fines, too, are more than doubled if you're black.

(Image is Clickable Link) INVESTIGATE WEST/PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUPOur review of records shows that white residents charged in relatively minor cases in Multnomah County — those with a single count — paid a median fine of $181, while African- American defendants paid $261.

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