Blacks Are Five Times More Likely Than Whites in Miami To Be Arrested for Pot

Categories: Crime, Drugs

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Miami has a serious pot problem.

According to a study released yesterday by the ACLU, Miami-Dade is one of the most aggressive and racially biased counties in the country when it comes to marijuana arrests.

Not only did Miami have the ninth most marijuana arrests of any American city in 2010, but 57 percent of those arrests targeted African-Americans. That means Miami's black residents are 5.4 times as likely to be arrested for weed possession than whites -- the fifth worst racial disparity in the nation.

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The disturbing data are part of a damning new ACLU report titled "The War on Marijuana In Black and White." It argues that the U.S.'s pot policy has gone haywire: America's 8 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010 amounted to one bust every 37 seconds, or 52 percent of all arrests nationwide.

But the report is most indicting when it comes to race. "A Black person is 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person, even though Blacks and whites use marijuana at similar rates," the ACLU found.

Florida is worse than most states, the study says.

The Sunshine State had the third most total arrests for marijuana possession (57,951) and the country's 11th highest arrest rate for marijuana possession (308 per 100,000), both in 2010.


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downtownbrown
downtownbrown

How many more times likely that they are dealing on da street?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Exactly why it will NEVER be legalized, especially in the bigoted racist southern states.

internetinternet
internetinternet

Easy money.  They plead guilty to reduced charges and fill up the system.  Otherwise the system would be empty and you would have to fire half your force.  Crime is about pension billing hours. 

icculus17
icculus17 topcommenter

low hanging fruit, the cops don't want to actually work and catch the real criminals, that might be dangerous.

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

just legalize it already! oh wait.. nevermind..thatll never happen...cuz then the cops and judges and DAs wont have shit to do.

mishuta
mishuta

Corrupt South Florida police departments religiously hire minorities, who area usually uneducated and selfish sociopaths. Every race has a plenty of those types.  So to say that it's a racial problem is kind of ignorant in 2013.  Even if all the police officers were black, it still wouldn't make a difference because of all the financial and legal protections and power that is offered to him/her.  Not to mention they get overtime and recognition for arrests, regardless how legitimate they are. He/she doesn't have a college degree in psychology, most came from the military where they were trained to kill, and some even killed innocent people... The best way to deal with this is to undo a lot of stupid laws that allow police to chase people over little stupid things like drug possessions. and roll back all the other stupid 'nanny state' regulations, so police can concentrate on real violent crimes... they wanna be called heroes, right?! so let see how heroic they get when they have deal with real crimes.

Omar Ghaffar
Omar Ghaffar

Yes, its unfair, as a defense lawyer I can attest to that. Further, racial profiling is abhorrent and a real problem in the way we still have walled in ghettos that are targeted by police, and in the way some traffic stops are decided. But on the flipside, a critical stat to look at (and also partially driven by profiling) is the number of traffic infractions committed by various types of drivers. I don't think its racist to say that in my experience, the sheer number of stops for say, broken tail light/expired tag/dwls/no valid dl, is higher on average for African Americans here in South Florida because these infractions are more likely to be committed by more members of their communities here specifically, say, than white people in Davie. There are a lot of bad driving records out there, and trust me, they are warranted. However, its the fault of the Counties - all three - for creating these horrible ghettoes and hemming these people in with no hope. Now that is racist and allows the police to target and beat up on poor people. But its not an arbitrary racial issue of pure targeting by cops, perhaps as New Times may be suggesting. Police are opportunists and would just as gladly bust, say my friend here, or me, than them, as their job is to rack up busts in order to gain merit, become detective, ect.. Most drug busts come from pulling vehicles over, or plain sight transactions on the streets. Don't just blame the cops for making obvious busts; thus could boil down more to education, socialization, and ghettoisation, on the part of these drivers and so forth. We don't have a stop and frisk policy like New York here, which is way out of bounds and psycho. We do have some form of profiling on the roads, but you have to consider various angles as well - that drug use is evenly spread, but you have a lot of African American drivers here driving around with busted tail lights, ect. Feel free to share these insights if you care about the issues. I read a book by a Miaimi detective who said the same things, that police will make the easiest busts they can, period. I'm talking about legal busts, clear once you look at how 90+ percent of our cases are not trialworthy and the products of legal state conduct towards the defendant.

Anthony Moore
Anthony Moore

Many ways you can look at this. 1, drug of choice. 2, are you being discreet, or are you being freaking STUPID in your usage.

Kenia West
Kenia West

this is like the whole country tho

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

And of course, by white you mean anglos, of which there aren't many left. How about comparing arrests as a percentage of the population and including all the ethnic groups?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez 

tru dat

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Omar Ghaffar 

I would ALSO be interested in how many WHITE kids get LAWYERS and therefore may have a better chance of fighting the charges vs how many BLACKs that just plead out

IF I was a cop and had to choose between having my judgement questioned in COURT vs  notching a quick STAT I would also take the path of least resistance - it's human nature - a likely how the game is played in MIAMI

just sayin

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Omar Ghaffar 

very interesting post

I am wondering how many POT busts are a result as a secondary violation as an offender is stopped for something else - in that cas the numbers may reflect say BLACKs more likely to be driving cars with suspected vehicular violations and that stop escalates to a drug bust

I agree that driving while BLACK may be the basis for stops like that and account for a higher incident of violations found

SISTRUNK BLVD in ft Lauderdale is specifically designed to be such a WEB net whereas the street is purposely narrow and the speed limit is purposely low - almost ANY vehicle coming through will be visually accessible to police for a moving violation

DR305
DR305

@Juan R. Pollo When a White Hispanic gets arrested, they go in the system as White, so no it's not just Anglos.

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