A survey performed by a group of public defenders in the Bronx revealed that in more than 40 percent of marijuana arrests that were reviewed, New York Police violated the rights of arrestees by forcing them to empty their pockets for no justifiable reason. The arrestees were subjected to constitutionally prohibited searches even after the Commissioner of the New York Police Department had issued a department wide memo prohibiting the widely utilized, but unlawful, practice known as “stop and frisk.”

The “Bronx Defenders” working with the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, found that 44 percent of the marijuana personal possession arrests they reviewed revealed “clear constitutional and evidentiary problems stemming primarily from unconstitutional searches and seizures and improper charging of clients by the NYPD.” The survey also found that 87 percent of those wrongly arrested were either black or Latino.

It’s all true:
Bronx Public Defender Says Data Shows Wrongful Marijuana Arrests Rose After Kelly’s Order