So reports the Daily News about a new report by the Drug Policy Alliance.
In response, Commissioner Kelly says if you don't like, call your state senator. Of course, that's a bit disingenuous because the law is already pretty clear: small-scale possession of marijuana in New York State is not an arrestable offense. The problem is how the NYPD enforces a violation they've been told to just write a ticket for. The law is pretty clear: it doesn't want an arrest for small-scale personal weed possession. But the NYPD gets around this law by "asking" people to empty their pockets (that's the legal way, at least). But... why?
I can answer that question, by the way: overtime, paperwork, compstat pressure, and the boss. Remember, in the police world, some arrests are better than others, but all arrests are good. Of course in the tax-paying world and even the crime-fighting world, all arrests are not necessarily good.
Kelly says the NYPD must be doing something right, because crime is still low. He's right about that.... But that doesn't mean it has anything to do with $75 million worth of marijuana arrests. One can make a stronger argument that marijuana arrests increased because crime went down. It became harder and harder to keep up those numbers for Compstat and meet certain "productivity goals."