NYPD Watch Group Says 93 Percent of Weed Arrests in 2018 Were People of Color

So far this year in New York City, the NYPD has made 6,604 arrests for weed. In fact, marijuana arrests are the third most common type of arrest for the NYPD. And those thousands of arrests aren’t impacting all New Yorkers equally. Rather, they vastly, disproportionately impact Black and Latinx New Yorkers. That’s according to a new report by the Police Reform Organization Project (PROP), a group fighting to change policing in the city.

Police Reform Group Finds Massive Racial Disparity of Weed Arrests

The NYPD watchdog group PROP took data from public state records to analyze the demographics of the NYPD’s more than 6,000 arrests for cannabis in the first six months of this year.

What they found was a slight uptick in the number of misdemeanor arrests of people of color. Compared to the first six months of 2017, in which 86.5 percent of misdemeanor arrests were of Black or Latinx people, 2018 saw 87 percent of arrests involve people of color.

But the report found an even more shocking disparity. According to PROP’s analysis of public arrest records, a full 93 percent of weed arrests involved New Yorkers of color.

That means only 7 percent of all

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