ACLU calls for the decriminalization of pot and an end to racial profiling.
Blacks in New Jersey and across the country are far more likely to be arrested on marijuana-related charges than whites even though both groups are almost equally likely to use the drug, according to a report released this week by the American Civil LIberties Union. “[T]he War on Marijuana, like the larger War on Drugs of which it is a part, is a failure. It has needlessly ensnared hundreds of thousands of people in the criminal justice system, had a staggeringly disproportionate impact on African-Americans, and comes at a tremendous human and financial cost. The price paid by those arrested and convicted of marijuana possession can be significant and linger for years, if not a lifetime,” the authors wrote in “The War on Marijuana in …
The ACLU says that many local police don't know the rules for residents to file complaints against them.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, February 12
The system for citizens to file complaints against police "is riddled with problems," according to a report on WNYC.org. State law protects residents who make complaints over police behavior and allows for complaints to be made anonymously. New Jersey Public Radio and the ACLU found that many local police officers apparently do not know the rules for residents to file complaints, according to the report. The ACLU called 497 police departments in New Jersey and asked officers questions about filing complaints. More than half the departments answered at least one question incorrectly, according to the report. 51 departments did not get a single question right. A list of departments whose officers answered everything correctly is available …