Black Passengers May Have Tougher Time Hailing Cabs In D.C.

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — African-Americans may have a more difficult time hailing taxis in the District than their white counterparts.

While participating in an undercover investigation, an African-American staffer with 9News Now attempts to hail a taxi and be driven somewhere within the city.

In the event service is refused, a white passenger attempts to take the same taxi to an address near where the first man requested.

Video shows at least one of the 40 taxicab drivers taped during the investigation agreeing to take the white passenger to a location in Southeast moments after declining to transport the African-American man to the same area just moments earlier.

The cab drivers were unaware they were being videotaped at the time.

The results of the entire investigation, conducted by Russ Ptacek, will be shown on 9News Now at 11 p.m. Thursday.


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