ICYMI: Philly pot arrest maps: black people in black neighborhoods

Photo: YouTube screencap

Photo: YouTube screencap

By Daniel Denvir (City Paper)

Originally published on August 14th, 2014 by City Paper.

Eighty-three percent of the 4,314 marijuana-possession arrests made by Philly police in 2013 were of African-Americans. Yet last week, Mayor Michael Nutter mocked supporters of City Council legislation to decriminalize marijuana.

“Suddenly, this is the great civil rights issue of our day — that black guys should be allowed to smoke as much dope as they want,” said Nutter, who has not signed the legislation.

Our maps below show exactly where every marijuana possession arrests in Philadelphia took place in recent years.

Full article, including maps.

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