Black People in Arizona Twice as Likely to Get Arrested for Pot

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Black people in Arizona are 2.4 times more likely to get arrested for marijuana possession than White people, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

That's not even the worst part. This ACLU report shows that even though Black people are more than twice as likely than White people to get arrested for pot in Arizona, almost every other state has rates that are even worse, as Black people in some mid-west states are seven or even eight times more likely to get arrested for pot possession.

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The ACLU, as part of its argument against the War on Drugs, presents statistics showing what appears to be "a war on people of color."

"Despite the fact that marijuana is used at comparable rates by whites and Blacks, state and local governments have aggressively enforced marijuana laws selectively against Black people and communities," the report states. "In 2010, the Black arrest rate for marijuana possession was 716 per 100,000, while the white arrest rate was 192 per 100,000."

That means, nationwide, Black people were nearly four times as likely than White people to be arrested for marijuana possession.

That means Arizona's better than most other states in this regard -- or, at least, not as bad -- as only eight states have closer ratios for pot arrests between Black and White people, and Hawaii is the only state with a nearly 1:1 ratio.

As always, there's a caveat.

The report mentions that the four states with the highest Latino populations, California, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico, are all among the 10 states with the lowest disparities between arrests of Blacks and Whites and pot possession.

The ACLU figures that most Latinos are actually classified by the FBI as White.

"That is, if many of those "white" arrests are actually arrests of Latinos, and if the Latino arrest rate is greater than the white arrest rate, the actual Black-white arrest rates are much greater than the disparities contained in the present data," the report says. "How much greater, unfortunately, cannot be ascertained from the present FBI/UCR data."

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gmanator31
gmanator31

I agree with Gary Waterman to a "T". This race card shit is getting played out! Look guys, especially those who think every white person, cop, judge, etc... Is trying to bring them down, if you see a homeless person with torn up and dirty clothes, do you not think he is homeless? This is my point: if you look and act the part i.e. dress like a thug, have tattoos on your face, smell like you've inhaled a lb. of weed, live in an area of town that has a past reputation for being a crime haven, look and act like you hate everybody that is an outsider (I could go on and on, you bring it on yourselves, yet don't want to accept responsibility) then you're going to get profiled!! There will always be a certain element of profiling to police work, because their has to be intuition in their job, otherwise people DIE! If you don't want this profiling happening to you, (I think you all just like to pretend to be victims of society and whine) then stop hanging out with bad company, get your life in order, do not glamorize criminals and lack of education as you are known to do! Again I can go on and on! You guys are testing the patience of a lot of white people nowadays with all this reversed racist shit everywhere, eventually it's going to boil over! I already know most of my white friends are getting fed up and feel as if they are not allowed to have an identity in this 21st century minority America! act like upstanding and decent citizens AND THEN YOU WON'T ENCOUNTER RACISM!! IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT!!!

fsmith3
fsmith3

Studies show that the difference between ethnicities regarding pot smoking is negligible.

The difference in the arrest and imprisonment rates in due to racism.

The difference in juvenile referral rates to adult court for drug beefs is huge.  Blacks are referred 48 times as often as whites.  Hispanics are referred 17 times as often as whites according to a study done in Chicago in the '90s.

doglover
doglover

chicano here. i was pulled over with my lady.  we were smokin a fat blunt.  cops found my fat sack.  neither of us claimed it. they kept it and let us go.  glad i wasn't black at that time.  yo, yo, yo, yo.......ha!

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Um the prison incarceration rate for drug related offences are roughly equal amongst the 3 races mentioned. That is to say about 33% White, 33% Black, 33% Hispanic (roughly). 1. It wouldnt be fair to say ONLY Blacks and Hispanics are targeted for drugs. 2. It is a distortion to label "race" as the primary factor in traffic stops, in home arrests and general arrests. I'm NOT saying there isn't racism out there. I am speaking to the likelihood of different races to be in contact with the police. The reality is the police disperse their patrol cars based on CRIME statistics. Crime rates (Violent crimes in particular) are much higher in poorer areas. That equals more officers in higher crime areas than in lower crime areas. I doubt anyone (with a brain) would dispute this as a viable technique to fight crime. We will just call it the "Put the officers where the crime is technique". We all know that on the average blacks and Hispanics are more likely to be in poorer areas. That's a simple fact. Im NOT saying "That's the way it should be" or that "No whites exist in the ghetto", I'm saying that's the way it is. Poorer areas have higher crime, Poorer areas have more enforcement. Whites are not immune to this either. A white dude in the Ghetto is far more likely to stopped and arrested for things than in a non poor area. 1. There aren't as many cops in the affluent or middle class areas. 2. The likelihood of the white dude in the ghetto having no auto insurance, expired registration, previous drug offences etc etc is much higher, which then prompts the further searches, which in turn all to frequently uncover additional problems. btw anyone who thinks this stuff is incorrect, feel free to look up the "911" call logs. 911 calls are FAR more frequent in lower income neighborhoods than in higher income neighborhoods. What's the relevance of that?? It means the cops are going to where they are called. They patrol more frequently in the areas that request (require) their services most often. It ASLO means they aren't making the shit up! Key point there. It's not just the cops making up reasons for being in a lower income neighborhood. The neighbors themselves support their presence by calling all the damn time. Why do they call? Because drugs and crime are everywhere around them. My advice..move out of the ghettos, poorer areas. I realize the "profiling" pull overs do not end for blacks, Hispanics and some whites just because you move but at least their frequency drops and guess what else happens, you will be less likely to be the victim of a crime. POVERTY is the biggest factor...Not race.

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

HELL I COULD HAVE TOLD YA THAT!   THEIR SURE A HECK OF A LOT BETTER TO DEAL WITH THAN ILLEGALS THOUGH. AT LEAST THEY SPEAK ENGLISH!!!

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

Ah, if you need to ask that, then you're not paying attention.

Jerry Cardenas
Jerry Cardenas

Well, i dont smoke or drink, i gave that up 2 years ago,but i just dont like people being singled out, i dont care what the color of your skin.

Carlos Andrés
Carlos Andrés

Its true these Puto's railroad anyone of color not just the black people, I've seen it many times over, if a person of color gets pulled over for say speeding, the first thing these assholes want to do is search the car, EVERY TIME!!!!

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

It's called white privilege. Smoke your weed and your life will be just fine. But if you're not white, be prepared to have your life goals set back by quite a bit because the pigs are targeting you while ignoring whitey.

Adriana Esquer Ladiie Thikkness
Adriana Esquer Ladiie Thikkness

haha right Bruno, not only are we brown & Mexican but we smoke weed to god I swear! haha & why just black people there are a lot of white people who smoke weed??? the things on the internet

Jerry Cardenas
Jerry Cardenas

Oh hell!!! What about brown people?!!! Even worse for them!!

Jim Thomas
Jim Thomas

if they're doing the crime... then they're going to be doing the time!!!!!!

wqcharleston
wqcharleston

I guess "JoeArpaio fan" is as illiterate as her idol, the article clearly states that both races have comparable rates of usage.  The reason that that the racism is less prevalent in AZ is that Shurf' Joe hates Hispanics more than he hates African-Americans. 

robert_graham
robert_graham

DUH! That's a no brainier because look who mostly uses it. Can I slap you now?

robert_graham
robert_graham

@wqcharleston Can I slap you too!  Read what I said: the article says "blacks"... and I said it's a no brainier. Same applies to Hispanics if that makes you happy.  By the way I'm not a she.

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