Subject: Press conf. for NYPD Commish Ray Kelly: tmw Tues 9/27
Press conference to applaud NYC's & NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's announced intention that his forces may begin to comply with rule of law...following City for a decade and counting having centered its public safety efforts around making many tens of thousands of plainly illegal race arrests, in a coordinated campaign that was apparently specifically designed to compel Black and Latino youth to move away.
Call for the passage of New York bill A.7620 (Jeffries)/S.5187 (Grisanti) and City Council Resolution 0986-2011 (Mark-Viverito)Tuesday, September 27 at 1:30pm at 1 Police Plaza
TRANSIT: #4,5,6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, J train to Chambers street; R, but never N, to City Hall (Broadway & Warren); A, C to Chambers (at Church St.); #1, 2, 3 to Chambers (at W. Broadway); E to WTC; Police Plz is just east of the 1 Centre St. Municipal Bldg., equivalent of Chambers St.; MAP: <http://ow.ly/5or1N
["I'll believe it when it's in my hot little hand." - Anon.]
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Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:44:17 -0400
From: "Jeremy Saunders, VOCAL-NY" <email@example.com
Subject: [Rttc-nyc] Big Victory for NYPD Accountability!
In response to mounting pressure, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told police officers last week to follow the law and stop making costly and racially biased marijuana arrests, now the number one arrest in New York City. This could translate into tens of thousands of fewer arrests among Black and Latino youth each year.
VOCAL-NY led the grassroots effort to end these arrests in collaboration with our allies at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and the Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives (IJJRA).
Although marijuana use is higher among whites, 86% of those arrested for marijuana possession last year were Black and Latino youth. The NYPD's aggressive use of stop-and-frisks in communities of color, along with unconstitutional searches that often follow, have largely driven these arrests. Being arrested can mean more than a night in jail too. It can make it difficult for people to find housing, get a job, take care of their family and apply for tuition assistance.
Please join us this Tuesday, September 27 at 1:30pm
to celebrate this important victory and call for effective implementation.
What: Press conference applauding NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's policy shift to enforce existing marijuana possession laws and to call for the passage of New York bill A.7620 (Jeffries)/S.5187 (Grisanti) and City Council Resolution 0986-2011 (Mark-Viverito)
When: Tuesday, September 27 at 1:30pm
Where: 1 Police Plaza; 4,5,6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, J train to Chambers street; [or R, but never N, to City Hall (Broadway & Warren); A, C to Chambers (at Church St.); #1, 2, 3 to Chambers (at W. Broadway); E to WTC; Police Plz is just east of the 1 Centre St. Municipal Bldg., equivalent of Chambers St.; map: <http://ow.ly/5or1N
Who: Drug Policy Alliance, IJJRA, VOCAL-NY, New York Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries, NYC Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito and Jumaane D. Williams
, advocates, and others
On Monday, September 19th, responding to mounting public pressure from advocates and elected officials, NYPD police commissioner Ray Kelly issued an operations order that clarified existing marijuana possession laws, instructing officers not to arrest people for marijuana in public view when complying with an officer's demand to "empty their pockets". This change could lead to the reduction of tens of thousands of arrests in New York City.
Nearly all of these arrests have been made in defiance of the law. Marijuana has been decriminalized since 1977, making possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana a violation, punishable by a $100 fine, not arrest and jail. However, possessing or burning marijuana in public view is a criminal offense punishable by arrest and jail.
Since 1996, the NYPD has made over 535,000 arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana. In 2010 alone, 50,383 people were arrested for simple marijuana possession, comprising nearly 15% of all arrests and making it the number one arrest in the city. Most of these arrests were not for smoking in public, but were the result of complying with an officer's demand to disclose contraband or from a police search and being improperly charged for "marijuana in public view" instead of the non-criminal violation offense.
Join the VOCAL-NY, Drug Policy Alliance and IJJRA, together with elected officials, to applaud the Police Commissioner for his policy change, and to urge cooperation to ensure that officers follow this directive. This operations order can be made permanent, and apply to all of New York state, by passing New York bill A.7620 (Jeffries)/S.5187 (Grisanti). The NYC City Council has introduced a resolution (0986-2011/Mark-Viverito)
supporting the passage of this legislation.
Please note: VOCAL New York was formerly the NYC AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN)
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