AN ONLINE LIBRARY ABOUT MARIJUANA POSSESSION ARRESTS,
RACE AND POLICE POLICY IN NEW YORK CITY AND BEYOND
• U.S. MARIJUANA ARRESTS 1965-2013
STOP AND FRISK REPORTS, DATA, GRAPHS
The NYPD's many racially-biased marijuana possession arrests are a byproduct of its much larger number of racially-biased stop and frisks, nearly 700,000 recorded stops in 2011 and a great many unrecorded ones, likely hundreds of thousands more. The following are essential sources of data and information about what has been happening.
Frisk on Amsterdam Avenue, NYC / Ed Stern @ flickr.com
Professor Delores Jones-Brown has prepared an essential document with
tables, graphs, and key information about the NYPD's stop and frisks. The
Primer "presents available data on stop, question and frisk practices in New
York City" including trends, maps, reported reasons for the stops, "results
of the stops, and the racial breakdown of the New Yorkers who have been
stopped." In its final pages the report includes links to: The 1999 report
on stop and frisks by the office of NY State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer;
the Center for Constitional Right's class action law suits against the NYPD
and and other
The NYCLU has filed federal law suits, fought for reform legislation, and done much else to force the NYPD to make public its data, and to try to curb its intrusive and biased stops and frisks. Below are the NYCLU's listing of stop-and-frisk data from 2004 through 2010 with links to other information.
SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE: this critical project focuses on the over policing of New York City's public schools and the horror stories it creates. Graphs, fact sheets, reports.
The NYCLU's major report about the inability of New York City's Civilian
Complaint Review Board to reign in the routine misconduct and abuses of the
for Constitutional Rights has filed two federal law suits against the NYPD
and its stop and frisk practices, and sought in multiple ways to bring the
issue before policy makers and the general public. They won a major court
victory in September 2011 and May 2012 when a federal judge rejected the City's motion to
dismiss the case and when the judge certified this a class action suit
covering the NYPD's entire stop and frisk operation. Below are
various documents with links to yet others at the CCR Stop and Frisk pages showing
graphs, videos, further links.
Established in just 2011, PROP has created literature, organized well-attended public events, and mounted an impressive campaign aimed at exposing a range of unjust, wasteful, ineffective, and illegal practices of the NYPD including the stop and frisks, misdemeanor arrests and mandatory court summonses for marijuana possession and other petty offences, disproportionately in low income and black and Latino neighborhoods.
STORIES - PROP NARRATIVE PROJECT: Summaries and excerpts of first person accounts of police stops, searchers and other encounters.
VIDEO TESTIMONIALS: Compelling first-person accounts of people who have suffered from abusive and injust encounters with NYPD.
graph from DNAinfo
graph from New York Civil Liberties Union
graph by Marijuana Arrest Research Project
graph from DNAinfo NY
Source: NYCLU / Sara LaPlant
from the NYCLU
From Center for Constitutional Rights