Thu Mar 21, 2013, 11:47 AM
MrScorpio (59,417 posts)
Shame! NYC Cops Spent One Million Hours on Marijuana Arrests Over 11 Years [View all]
Shame! NYC Cops Spent One Million Hours on Marijuana Arrests Over 11 Years: Majority Arrested, Black and Latino Youth
MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
The Drug Policy Alliance just released a study that provides further evidence that big city police resources are being used on victimless marijuana crime arrests, when that time could be allocated to violent offenses. In its press release, the Drug Policy Alliance reveals:
A new report released today documents the astonishing number of hours the New York Police Department has spent arresting and processing hundreds of thousands of people for low-level misdemeanor marijuana possession arrests during Mayor Bloomberg’s tenure. The report finds that NYPD used approximately 1,000,000 hours of police officer time to make 440,000 marijuana possession arrests over 11 years….
The full report indicates both a public safety misallocation of resources and racial bias:
New York City has made more marijuana possession arrests under Mayor Michael Bloomberg than under mayors Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani combined.
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