The NYPD made way too many bullshit weed busts last year according to the latest data cited by the Drug Policy Alliance from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Compared to 2010, there was a .6% increase in 2011, bringing the total amount of small time pot arrests to 50,680.
Apparently officers didn’t get the memo, issued by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in September, ordering cops to stop making unlawful arrests.
One councilman says if they did get it, they’r totally ignoring the order and doing the exact opposite:
“This data shows that Commissioner Kelly’s memorandum is not being enforced,” said Council Member Jumaane Williams. “For instance, the 240% increase in arrests in the last week of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 is highly troubling. It also seems that much of this rise is occurring in police precincts which cover communities of more color, such as the 67th and the 70th in my district. What these statistics prove is that legislative action is needed to codify the memorandum once and for all.”