When it comes to low-level drug arrests, the NYPD is no less biased than it was 20 years ago. That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the Drug Policy Alliance, which shows that black and Hispanic New Yorkers account for 87 percent of marijuana arrests under Mayor Bill de Blasio, even though blacks and Hispanics are just 42 percent of the population.
The data, collected since de Blasio took office in 2014, shows that even with the end of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, blacks and Hispanics make up virtually the same percentage of pot arrests as they did during the administrations of Mike Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani.
The report shows that blacks and Hispanics accounted for 86.87 percent of low-level marijuana arrests since de Blasio became mayor. That’s compared to 86.75 percent during Bloomberg’s three-term tenure, and 86.25 percent on average under Giuliani. (VICE News)