As the city tries to relieve the volume of pot arrests, East Harlem and the Lower East Side have left to pot.
The two Manhattan neighborhoods have the many low-level pot cases rubbed by the Legal Aid Society, from the commencement of the year by Aug. 11, the agency’s information shows.
Also high on the list are Hell’s Kitchen, Times Square and Morrisania in the Bronx.
Legal Aid took on 5,934 misconduct and defilement pot cases from Jan. 1 to Aug. 11 — a slight diminution from the 6,180 it had during the same duration last year, according to the agency.
City and police officials contend there has been a scarcely 40% dump in the series of pot arrests given 2014 as partial of a policy change by Mayor de Blasio’s administration.
But critics contend black and Hispanic New Yorkers are still foul targeted.
“This information shows that the clients from communities of tone are still temperament the brunt of overzealous NYPD coercion for pot possession,” pronounced Redmond Haskins, orator for Legal Aid.
“While these arrests are down given the tallness of stop-and-frisk, the profiling and jagged targeting of black and brownish-red New Yorkers for low-level offenses of this kind stays alive and well.”
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Police are generally ostensible to issue a summons — in lieu of detain — to anyone held with reduction than 25 grams if it’s not in plain view.
Critics contend police have arrested people for having pot in open only after demanding to see what’s in a person’s pockets.
A orator for Mayor de Blasio forked to a 37% diminution in pot arrests from about 29,000 in 2013 to roughly 18,000 in 2016.
“The NYPD responds to peculiarity of life offenses where and when they are observed, many of which are reported by members of the public,” pronounced orator Austin Finan.
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Lt. John Grimpel, a police spokesman, pronounced pot detain remodel and other law coercion strategies are improving the city.
“Whether it’s this pot detain policy, the further of physique cameras, or the launch of area policing, the reforms done by this administration are strengthening the attribute between police and village while gripping New York the safest big city in America,” Grimpel said.
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