Attention Broward ASA’s:
(T)he overwhelming majority of those arrested were black. Since 2010, 69 percent of the people arrested in Broward County were black … CBS4 News also reviewed how the cases were handled in court and we found that Broward had a conviction rate seven times higher than Dade. And 80 percent of the people convicted in Broward for misdemeanor pot possession were black.
“When you look at these numbers if they don’t make you sick then you aren’t paying attention,” said Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County Public Defender. “You know what these stats show you? There is no war on drugs. There is a war on poor black people. That’s exactly what this shows.”
The racial disparities are particularly troubling because studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Health have shown blacks and whites use marijuana at the (same) rate. If anything, the surveys have shown, young white adults between the ages of 18 and 25 actually use marijuana at a higher rate than their black counterparts. Yet it is young blacks that make up many of the arrests …
“I became interested in politics when I was about 11, 12, 13 years old, during the civil rights movement,” (Franken) said.” We were watching them sic dogs or club demonstrators. My dad would go, ‘No Jew can be for that, no Jew can be for that.’ That was probably when it crystallized to me how important public affairs are.”