The high cost of being black in Multnomah County
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.
Our 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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