NY Times writes about Bloomberg’s goal to focus police efforts on more important areas than low level pot possession. “The New York Police Department, the mayor and the city’s top prosecutors on Monday endorsed a proposal to decriminalize the open possession of small amounts of marijuana, giving an unexpected lift to an effort by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to cut down on the number of people arrested as a result of police stops.” The story quickly changes focus.
Continuing: “The marijuana arrests are a byproduct of the Police Department’s increasingly controversial stop-and-frisk practice. Mr. Bloomberg and police officials say the practice has made the city safer, but, because most of those stopped are black or Hispanic, the practice has been criticized as racially biased by advocates for minority communities. … The Republican Senate leadership has traditionally opposed legislation it views as soft on criminals.”
Carrying the same political undertones as soda, the marijuana issue goes a step further and becomes a racial story.
Stop-and-frisk has made a big dent in New York crime reduction. The police know who is dealing so the effort is to arrest them on anything they can, Capone went up the river for taxes, not murder. The goal is to get these people off the streets. Liberals hate it, defining criminal profiling as racial profiling. Allow them to take it away and the safer city will return to what it was.
Pass this and no more need for food police to protect soda junkies inside restaurants, the dealers will soon be getting fat pushing their goods and paying for protection.