Charges Dropped in Minneapolis Police Pot Sting of 99% Black Targets

The Hennepin County public defender’s office found in a study of the police marijuana sales’ four-month sting to reduce crime that the low-level targets were almost all Black. A call to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who then called the city’s first Black police chief, Medaria Arradondo, stopped it within a week.

The report exposed that “officers had directly asked Black men to facilitate drug deals with other Black men, and then [were] arresting and booking the sellers and submitting the cases for felony charging.”

Arradondo and Frey’s decision to stop the stings was followed by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office saying it had dismissed charges against 31 people arrested, and potentially will dismiss the remaining 16, for many arrests had led to convictions resulting in prison time and even some deportation proceedings.

Now, some don’t have to stay in jail they can go home. But according to Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty, who reported the initial sting data, this isn’t finished.

She hopes the way to truly undo the mess is fixing the long-term effects on these individuals. She wants prosecutors to join motions to expunge the arrests and charges: “Even though the cases are dismissed, having an arrest and charge on their records will create problems for employment and rental housing.”

In the current national debate over prison and sentencing reform, studies show the long-term effects on people in the system, especially Blacks, are drastic. Long prison sentences increase mass incarceration and impact the economic recovery of minorities. Research also shows that Black people are still much more likely to be arrested for pot in comparison to white people.

Frey’s statement: “I believe strongly that marijuana should be a lowest-level enforcement priority The fact that racial disparities are so common nationwide in the enforcement of marijuana laws is one of the reasons I support full legalization.”

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  1. Black people will never get it. This is just one of the millions of ways this government and racist system specifically is designed to oppress, attack, kill, murder, mute, imprison (modern slavery and control) Black people!
    LOL! And what is our focus as a community? Consumers who support the oppressor and racist. Entertainment. Your whole world is to be a Beyonce money and bling bling big houses etc which is ultimately controlled and own by this white racist European government. Smoking pot all day and burning out your natural gifted brain cells. Just listen to the brain dead like Mike Tyson who announced to the World that he smokes $40,000 a month of pot ? ?? Really, what a brainwashed example of a Black Man. And even he was probably abused by his own people. You know how Black folks are.

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