Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Bronx DA Throws Out 10-15 Pot Cases Every Day

Here's part two of the look at illegal street searches in New York that we discussed yesterday. It's pretty bad, really! In addition to having as many as 15 misdemeanor marijuana possession citations being straight-up thrown out in the Bronx alone because the NYPD officer has actually written up that what the person is charged with is not in fact what happened! And, well: "Marijuana possession is now by far the most common misdemeanor charge in the city. Defense lawyers say if everyone with a marijuana charge actually fought his or her case to the fullest, the already overextended court system would grind to a halt." And? "Last year, 1,142 people told the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) they were improperly searched during a stop-and-frisk. The CCRB is an independent agency that oversees police misconduct. The police department disciplined three percent of the officers involved in those 1,142 cases."

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osmium (#7,705)

But Choire, what if our whole like solar system is part of a tiny atom in some other universe?

Matt (#26)

Miles said, "Had to get there before BrianVan," when I was just going to say, "Nic says, 'Had to get here before BrianVan.'"

brianvan (#149)

@Matt So, a joke about me commenting on civil rights is the first thing that comes to mind when you read about civil rights abuses? You're not even a little bit pissed off that cops illegally arrest black kids and falsify arrest paperwork to satisfy ticket quotas?

Matt (#26)


NinetyNine (#98)

@brianvan Shit. Too late.

rrot (#7,827)

I know there's a race problem here, but if possession is "the most common misdemeanor charge" in NYC, then I'm thinking that must mean quite a lot of non-minority folks in these numbers, no?

So civil rights & racism, yup.

But mainly, bullshit drug laws.

Rodger Psczny (#3,912)

Damn, I need to move to the Bronx. Few things are sweeter than getting a dismissal before arraignment.

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