NYPD Officers Defy Orders To End Marijuana Arrests

policeonbikes.nypd_.shutterstockIn short, New York City cops put 50,000 people behind bars last year for marijuana possession — even though the state decriminalized it in 1977 — and they refuse to stop. Via Raw Story:

Police officers in New York are “manufacturing” criminal offenses by forcing people with small amounts of marijuana to reveal their drugs, according to a survey by public defenders.

Under New York law, possession of 25g or less of marijuana [merely] brings a $100 fine. Only when the drugs are in public view are the police permitted to make an arrest for drug possession. One in three respondents said police had forced them to take the marijuana out of pockets or from under clothes and produce it into public view.

In September last year, Kelly issued an order to officers not to arrest people caught with small amounts of marijuana. But the number of those arrested increased after the order was made. In all, about 50,000 people were arrested in 2011 for marijuana possession.

Reasons police stopped people who they subsequently arrested for marijuana included “furtive movements,” “suspicious bulges,” “being in a high crime area” and “other.” Legal experts and criminal justice scholars have claimed that stop and frisks-and the drug arrests that often result from them-routinely lead to fourth amendment violations and serve as pipeline for the nation’s bloated prison system.

16 Comments on "NYPD Officers Defy Orders To End Marijuana Arrests"

  1. eyeoftheaxis | Apr 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm |

    routinely lead to fourth amendment violations and serve as pipeline for the nation’s bloated prison system – The two in the photo look like they are feeling a little bloated. I think eating more fruit would help.

  2. VaudeVillain | Apr 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm |

    This will only stop when DAs stop prosecuting, and when the PD stops counting arrests for small amounts of marijuana toward the arrest quotas the police supposedly don’t have.

    It will stop even sooner if they implement fines or penalties for officers who do make these illegal and frivolous arrests.

    The NYPD doesn’t police in a vacuum, they follow orders. Change the orders, and they will change how they act.

    • alienchow | Apr 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm |

      The orders won’t change, at least for the forseeable future.

      Hillary Clinton: We Can’t Legalize Drugs Because ‘There Is Just Too Much Money in It’

    • Haystack | Apr 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm |

      I think this shows that even when you change the orders, they still act the same way. 

    • saint_al | Apr 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm |

      Don’t know about NY, but here in OH the cops “…don’t have quotas. We have goals.”

  3. alienchow | Apr 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm |

    Rarely do I use this word, but I believe it is appropriate here. Cunts.

  4. The NYPD recently assaulted an Ambassador for goodness’ sake. The usual charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, when he was walking inside the building he works in. They’re out of control.

  5. Pigs will be Pigs. They can’t help it.

  6. “NYPD Officers Defy Orders To End Marijuana Arrests”

    lol couldn’t tell if they defied their orders which were to stop arresting people for marijuana, or if they defied their orders so they could stop arresting people for marijuana. I was naive to consider the latter a possibility.

    • Redacted | Apr 5, 2012 at 7:32 am |

      In the Army, our response on receiving conflicting orders was to tell both to fuck off, and we would go back to base until they could make up their minds. We also had an abnormally ballsy LT (former Marine Staff Sergeant), and an experienced Platoon Sergeant.

      Challenging the man above us when we felt an order was undue or unjust was also an order.

      If only the Police had the same courage

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