NYPD Under Fire After Stats Reveal 86% of Marijuana Arrests Are of Minorities

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NYPD Under Fire After Stats Reveal 86% of Marijuana Arrests Are of Minorities

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NYPD officials acknowledged a “troubling” racial gap in people they’re arresting for marijuana — but defended their enforcement efforts, saying they’re responding to residents complaining about people smoking pot.

Cops faced criticism from City Council members at a hearing Monday over stats showing that despite a large drop in marijuana busts, the overwhelming majority — 86% — of those arrested are black and Latino.

“Clearly that’s troubling, and it should be troubling to anyone, including me,” said Dermot Shea.

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