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Defining Deviancy Down in New York

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June 6, 2012

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0:00.0

Here's another think piece for you.

0:06.1

I'll be associated press out of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday,

0:12.9

proposed cutting the penalty for public possession of a small amount of marijuana.

0:20.7

Andrew Cuomo proposed cutting the penalty for public possession of a small amount of marijuana,

0:26.9

which is a change in state law that would diffuse some criticism of the New York Police Department's stop and frisk policy in minority communities.

0:37.9

With three weeks remaining in the legislative session, Governor Cuomo said that his bill to reduce the criminal misdemeanor to a violation with a fine of $200,

0:49.9

would save thousands of New Yorkers, disproportionately black and Hispanic youths from unnecessary arrests and criminal charges.

1:00.9

Governor Cuomo said there's a blatant inconsistency if you possess marijuana privately, it's a violation.

1:06.9

If you show it in public, it's a crime. It's incongruous. It's inconsistent the way it's been enforced.

1:13.9

There have been additional complications in relation to the stop and frisk policy where there's claims that young people could have a small amount of marijuana in their pocket.

1:23.9

They're stopped. They're frisked. The cop says turn out your pockets. The marijuana is now in public view, and it just went from a violation to a crime. And that's not good.

1:33.9

New York City prosecutors and the police commissioner Raymond Kelly, whose offices handled almost 50,000 such cases last year, endorsed Cuomo's plan as did Mayor Dumburg.

1:48.9

Mayor Dumburg said the bill largely mirrors the city police directive issued last year for officers to issue violations, not misdemeanors, for small amounts of marijuana that come into open view during a search.

2:02.9

Now you heard about this. I'm sure in the context. Here's Dumburg wants to stop you from being able to binding over 60 announces if it's a Coke or a Pepsi seven up or whatever.

2:13.9

But he wants to relax the penalties on small amounts of marijuana. But that's not the point here. There's an in reading you the details here.

2:26.9

I wonder how many of you caught something. This this law disproportionately affects blacks and Hispanic youths.

2:41.9

And the police commissioner said that his office handles 50,000 such criminal cases last year. And it's just it's not worth it. It's not that big of violation 50,000.

2:58.9

Let's let's take this from just a misdemeanor get really just called a violation and move on. Fine. What did Moynihan say defining deviancy down? It's too much trouble to enforce this law. Let's just say it's not a crime anymore. Be done with it. Okay. Fine.

3:17.9

Now you know me. I care about the culture. I care about the roots of our society. And my question does does governor Cuomo?

3:33.9

Does Mayor Dumbur, I mean, even the police commissioner, do they do they ask themselves why this is an issue that disproportionately affects black and Hispanic youths?

3:50.9

In other words, are they not interested in why black and Hispanic youths are the primary users here? And do they not care that that might be a problem?

4:11.9

Or are they saying, you know what, it's so many cases and it's so much trouble and it's not really worth it being a crime and misdemeanor. We just want to call it a violation.

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