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And Many Of Those Arrests Are Allegedly Due To Illegal Searches
The Big Apple is the marijuana arrest capital of the world. Police arrest 140 people every day in New York City for possessing small amounts of marijuana.
Pot possession has become by far the most common misdemeanor charge in the city. And surprise, surprise — these stop-and-frisk arrests take place predominantly in the city’s minority neighborhoods, with many officers likely violating people’s constitutional rights when they make the arrests.
Current and former cops, defense lawyers and more than a dozen men arrested for the lowest-level marijuana possession told WNYC’s Ailsa Chang that illegal searches took place during stop-and-frisks, which are street encounters carried out overwhelmingly on blacks and Latinos (about 90 percent of the time).