Assemblymember-Elect Rodneyse Bichotte Responds to the NYPD's New Policy on Low-Level Marijuana Possessions

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BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - Assemblymember-Elect Rodneyse Bichotte issued the following statement in response to the new policy regarding enforcement of low-level marijuana possession offenses by the NYPD:

 

"I applaud the NYPD and the Mayor for taking serious steps towards ending arrests of New Yorkers carrying low-levels of marijuana. Arrests criminalize the people, a majority of whom are minorities, for possession of this substance. With this policy, we take one of many steps towards stopping the creation of a record of incarceration for our young people.  This measure is also a testament to the new leadership of Police Commissioner Bratton, who understands the importance of a more community-oriented approach to dealing with misdemeanor issues in our City.

 

 But it is very clear that much more needs to be done in terms of addressing the complaints of New Yorkers regarding the sale and use of marijuana directly in front of them. For too long, the families and residents of our communities have had to turn their heads the other way as these sales and activities take place in their presence. Once I take office in January, I am committed to working with my fellow elected officials and community leaders to better understand the root causes of this problem, and work with the Police Commissioner to put forward viable solutions to this existing issue."

 

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Assemblymember - Elect Rodneyse Bichotte represents the 42nd Assembly District in the New York State Assembly representing Brooklyn communities of Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood. 


 

As the current Assemblymember- Elect and District Leader, Rodneyse Bichotte has been outspoken advocate on issues concerning immigration, unemployment, education reform, health care access, senior citizen centers, affordable housing, women's and LGBTQ rights, as well as other issues affecting the quality of life in the community.


 

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Rodneyse Bichotte by visiting her website at www.rodneysebichotte.com.

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