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For NYC, New Mayor+Top Cop = Song Remains the Same
Street Crimes Pot Bust, the Bronx c.2004 photo: Howie Stier
Apparently in the aftermath of the lengthy reign of Rudi and the little plutocrat there was hope for change in New York City, that the new administration would roll back the policing policies that targeted minorities and the poor, killed unarmed citizens, that liquidated Occupy, that was proven time and again to violate the constitutional rights of New Yorkers as in Bloomberg’s 2004 assault on Republican National Convention protestors. A study released today proves that hope was just as misguided as a nation’s misled Shepard Fairey branded hopes for the presidential election of 2008 .
“In the first four months of 2014 the NYPD under Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bratton arrested an average of 80 people a day for possessing small amounts of marijuana” says pot-bust researcher Harry Levine, who notably unearthed arrest data that proved low level arrests targeted minorities and have no effect on deterring real crime. Levine’s new study continues “This is virtually the same as the NYPD’s average of 78 marijuana possession arrests a day in all of 2013 under Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly.”
Detailed in the study are a breakdown of arrests by precinct, making clear that under de Blasio- and Bratton redux- nothing has changed. And after taking in a sampling below, you can catch the entire report here.
“… in Manhattan police made a total of 8 possession arrests in the Upper East Side (Pct. 19) and 8 in the Upper West Side (Pct. 20). But in East New York in Brooklyn (Pct. 75), police made 500 possession arrests, and in Morris Heights in the Bronx (Pct. 44), police made 392 such arrests. The NYPD also made 371 lowest-level marijuana arrests in Washington Heights (Pct. 33) which is more marijuana possession arrests than in 20 other precincts throughout the city combined. Thus far in 2014, the policing of marijuana possession remains concentrated in just one of what Mayor de Blasio has called “the two New Yorks.”