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CityViews: Don’t Pin NYPD Pot Arrests on Community Complaints

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Research indicates that whites and blacks use marijuana at roughly equal rates. So why do arrests for pot-related crimes in New York City show such a profound racial skew?

Although Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner O’Neill are on-board with the effort to close Rikers, both figures have resisted the Lippman Commission’s call to end arrests for low-level marijuana possession and turnstile jumping in order to downsize the city’s jail population.

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