Snapshot | State Lawmakers Congratulate Police Commissioner Kelly

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

State and local lawmakers are congratulating Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for directing the police department to follow the law when making marijuana arrests.

WNYC was the first to report last week that Kelly issued an internal order commanding officers not to arrest people for misdemeanor marijuana possession, if the marijuana was never in public view. State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and State Senator Mark Grisanti have introduced a bill to legalize possession of marijuana in public view in order to discourage improper searches when police are making marijuana arrests. A WNYC investigation in found that police officers may be arresting people for marijuana possession after illegally searching them during stop-and-frisks.

State Assemblyman Jeffries (speaking), Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Jumaane Williams commende Commissioner Kelly for directing the police department to follow the law when making marijuana arrests. (Ailsa Chang/WNYC)


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