Building Bridges Radio: NYC Rally Opposes Racially Based Marijuana Arrests

 
Mayor Bloomberg now presides over the largest initiative in the country to arrest young men of color on false marijuana possession charges — an outcome of the controversial stop-and-frisk practices conducted by NYPD. Evoking Charles Dickens’ famous novel, protestors declared that biased policing practices under Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly were creating A Tale of Two Cities. One is for white residents where marijuana possession was decriminalized in 1977, where they are seldom stopped and frisked, and mothers do not fear that their children will be unlawfully rounded up by the police. The other New York is for the hundreds of thousands of people of color who are stopped even though the overwhelming majority of them are innocent of any wrongdoing; tens of thousands are illegally searched, falsely charged, arrested and incarcerated for marijuana possession (even though it’s not a crime in New York); and mothers live in fear of the police unlawfully snatching their children off the streets. Underscoring the two city theme at the end of the rally, about a dozen young white people blocked the entrance to NYPD headquarters exposing themselves to arrest by police as they denounced the racially biased police practices – the police refused to arrest them!

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Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
National Edition
Produced by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
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New Yorkers Rally To Oppose Racially Biased, Illegal And Costly Marijuana
Arrests And Stop-And-Frisk Practices Of Mayor Bloomberg's NYPD!

Mayor Bloomberg now presides over the largest initiative in the country to arrest
young men of color on false marijuana possession charges — an outcome of the
controversial stop-and-frisk practices conducted by NYPD. Evoking Charles
Dickens’ famous novel, protestors declared that biased policing practices under
Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly were creating A Tale of Two
Cities. One is for white residents where marijuana possession was decriminalized
in 1977, where they are seldom stopped and frisked, and mothers do not fear that
their children will be unlawfully rounded up by the police. The other New York is for
the hundreds of thousands of people of color who are stopped even though the
overwhelming majority of them are innocent of any wrongdoing; tens of thousands
are illegally searched, falsely charged, arrested and incarcerated for marijuana
possession (even though it’s not a crime in New York); and mothers live in fear of
the police unlawfully snatching their children off the streets. Underscoring the two
city theme at the end of the rally, about a dozen young white people blocked the
entrance to NYPD headquarters exposing themselves to arrest by police as they
denounced the racially biased police practices – the police refused to arrest them!
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