geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

NYPD Officers Need Better Accountability For Their Arrests

The NYPD has a principal-agent problem.
Take for example the NY Times publication on Noel Guzman, who was awarded $2.4 million Wednesday for a false arrest and beating he suffered at the hands of the NYPD in 2009. This incident happened in Inwood, a mostly Latino neighborhood in Northern Manhattan.
Then there’s Rayquan Callahan, a teen from Brownsville who sued the NYPD in February after an officer falsely arrested him without evidence of a crime committed, only to have that same officer arrest him on another false charge in retaliation little more than a week later.
NYC taxpayers also had to payout over $360,000 in settlements to victims of police abuse and brutality….

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NYPD officers are kept degrees apart from the impact of their arrests. It’s no wonder officers then will arrest people on bogus pot possession charges, they have no immediate knowledge of the socioeconomic costs of their actions.

geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

NYPD Officers Need Better Accountability For Their Arrests

The NYPD has a principal-agent problem.

Take for example the NY Times publication on Noel Guzman, who was awarded $2.4 million Wednesday for a false arrest and beating he suffered at the hands of the NYPD in 2009. This incident happened in Inwood, a mostly Latino neighborhood in Northern Manhattan.

Then there’s Rayquan Callahan, a teen from Brownsville who sued the NYPD in February after an officer falsely arrested him without evidence of a crime committed, only to have that same officer arrest him on another false charge in retaliation little more than a week later.

NYPD officers are kept degrees apart from the impact of their arrests. It’s no wonder officers then will arrest people on bogus pot possession charges, they have no immediate knowledge of the socioeconomic costs of their actions.

geoffmullings:

Special: Marijuana in NYC- The Blinker

Nearly 51,000 people in NYC were arrested for marijuana possession in 2011. The 2012 number is only expected to be higher, despite minimal efforts to stem the tide by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. This series tackles the real economic and social consequences of marijuana prohibition in the United State’s most densely populated city.

Check it out here!

geoffmullings:

THE NYPD’S CHOOSES EASY POT ARRESTS OVER FIGHTING SERIOUS CRIME

Crimes of more consequence, including murder and rape, rose significantly in some of the city’s highest pot arrest precincts. This rise in crime was over the same period as the NYPD’s rise in pot arrest rates, and occurred virtually only in communities of color.

Read more about the costs of the NYPD’s War on Pot

Insanity.

Kentucky Dorm Illigal Raid By Police Caught On Tape

And the world just got a whole lot harder for Cops without morals.

The impact of Stop and Frisk on #NYC

The impact of Stop and Frisk on #NYC

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withathousandwordsunspoken asked: Ah yes, thanks for explaining. I was truely curious. Of course there are other ways then selling weed to make ends meet. Perhaps people should start looking at other options. There are tons of government programs and group homes for people in need. They could even start up a lawn buisness or do some kind of labor. But of course, that is just my biasness talking, working with the sheriffs department and all.

I understand how that may be more prevalent in a suburban neighborhood, but in urban environments, especially dense ones like NYC, self-employment by legal means is costly, highly controlled by city government, and open to numerous costly liabilities and start up expenses. Government programs hardly suffice when you live in a city that is 4X more expensive than the rest of the country, and group homes are crowded and honestly more concerned about people deeply entrenched in generational poverty. And of course, living in a city, lawns don’t really exist, lol. All of this, of course, is not even with the complications of racial background and geographic bias in the city. The weed market is, sadly, a lot more easy to enter and perpetuate option. I think giving people that are in these positions options to get entry into livable wage employment might be the best strategy on a shallow level.