This week, the Drug Policy Alliance published a report on the demographics and geography of pot possession arrests in de Blasio's New York, of which BuzzFeed has a detailed analysis. The results: Smoking weed is pretty much OK if you live in Bensonhurst, but not if you live in Bed Stuy.
That is to say, if you're white, or you live in a white neighborhood, you are vastly less likely to be arrested for possession than you are if you're black or live in a black neighborhood. From BuzzFeed:
The 20 precincts with the lowest rates – which include Park Slope in Brooklyn, Forest Hills in Queens, and the Upper West Side in Manhattan – average 39 marijuana possession arrests for every 100,000 residents, the report found. The 2.3 million residents in those neighborhoods are 24% black and Latino, 76% white and all other ethnicities. The average family income is $75,000.
The 20 neighborhoods with the highest rates average 498 possession arrests per 100,000 inhabitants. The 1.9 million people who live in those neighborhoods – which include Washington Heights in Manhattan, East New York in Brooklyn, and the Far Rockaways in Queens – are on average 89% black and Latino, 11% white and all other ethnicities. The average family income is $34,000.
One particularly striking disparity: In East Harlem, a dominantly black and Hispanic neighborhood, you're 112 times more likely to be busted for pot than in the directly adjacent, mostly white Upper East Side. This kind of stuff was supposed to change under de Blasio, but so far, it demonstrably hasn't.
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