By Dina Ibrahim – May 15, 2018
New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday vowed to “overhaul” NYPD’s marijuana enforcement policies in the next 30 days in an apparent response to a New York Times finding published Sunday.
The daily’s finding showed the glaring disparity between blacks and whites in terms of incarceration rates over low-level marijuana charges in the Big Apple. In its report, black people were arrested on low-level marijuana charges at eight times the rate of white.
In Manhattan, where the gap is the worst, black people were arrested at 15 times the rate of white people.
In his tweet, de Blasio said: “We must end unnecessary arrests and end disparity in enforcement.”
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