Manhattan DA says he'll stop prosecuting pot possession - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Manhattan DA says he'll stop prosecuting pot possession

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK, NY -

The district attorney of New York City's borough of Manhattan says he will stop prosecuting low-level marijuana cases.
  
Cyrus Vance said Tuesday his office will decline to prosecute marijuana possession and smoking cases starting Aug. 1. He said there will be a few exceptions.
  
The move comes after The New York Times reported on the persistent racial gap in marijuana arrests.
  
The Times reported that blacks in the city are eight times more likely to be arrested on low-level marijuana charges as whites. The report said the difference cannot entirely be attributed to more residents in predominantly black neighborhoods calling police to complain about marijuana.
  
Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, said Tuesday that the police department will overhaul its citywide marijuana-arrest policies within the next 30 days.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely

    Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely

    Saturday, May 26 2018 2:33 PM EDT2018-05-26 18:33:58 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) - Engineers say damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely.    Hawaii News Now reports boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial. 

    >>

    HONOLULU (AP) - Engineers say damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely.    Hawaii News Now reports boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial. 

    >>
  • Racist flyers pop up all over downtown Spokane again

    Racist flyers pop up all over downtown Spokane again

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:33 PM EDT2018-05-27 01:33:48 GMT

    Spokane, Wash. These flyers were found once again on Saturday placed all over downtown Spokane. Back in March, a group called Identity Evropa put racist posters on Eastern Universities campus. Roberto Rodriguez was walking downtown and happened to catch a glimpse of the flyers "With these posters my thoughts on them is why are we having them up?" questioned Rodriguez. Roberto understands that groups have the right to free speech. But Roberto wants...

    >>

    Spokane, Wash. These flyers were found once again on Saturday placed all over downtown Spokane. Back in March, a group called Identity Evropa put racist posters on Eastern Universities campus. Roberto Rodriguez was walking downtown and happened to catch a glimpse of the flyers "With these posters my thoughts on them is why are we having them up?" questioned Rodriguez. Roberto understands that groups have the right to free speech. But Roberto wants...

    >>
  • Man refused beer on American Airlines flight starts midair brawl

    Man refused beer on American Airlines flight starts midair brawl

    Saturday, May 26 2018 6:18 PM EDT2018-05-26 22:18:39 GMT
    Photo: Bill BolducPhoto: Bill Bolduc

    MIAMI - An American Airlines passenger on a flight from Saint Croix to Miami caused a commotion in midair Wednesday when he was refused beer. The whole ordeal was caught on camera by a fellow passenger. The passenger, identified as Jason Felix in court documents, was on American Airlines flight 1293.

    >>

    MIAMI - An American Airlines passenger on a flight from Saint Croix to Miami caused a commotion in midair Wednesday when he was refused beer. The whole ordeal was caught on camera by a fellow passenger. The passenger, identified as Jason Felix in court documents, was on American Airlines flight 1293.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • California K9 busts driver with 60 pounds of meth

    California K9 busts driver with 60 pounds of meth

    Sunday, May 27 2018 5:31 PM EDT2018-05-27 21:31:25 GMT

    WEST COVINA, Calif. - Last week, The West Covina Police Department's newest K9 officer made his first big  drug bust. During a traffic stop near Vincent Ave and Interstate 10 in West Covina, California,  officers found methamphetamine under the driver's seat of the vehicle. The driver was detained and a narcotics detection K9 was called to the scene.

    >>

    WEST COVINA, Calif. - Last week, The West Covina Police Department's newest K9 officer made his first big  drug bust. During a traffic stop near Vincent Ave and Interstate 10 in West Covina, California,  officers found methamphetamine under the driver's seat of the vehicle. The driver was detained and a narcotics detection K9 was called to the scene.

    >>
  • Missing hunters identified after crash into Idaho river

    Missing hunters identified after crash into Idaho river

    Sunday, May 27 2018 4:14 PM EDT2018-05-27 20:14:08 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities have identified four hunters who remain missing after a crash in the Idaho backcountry.    The Idaho County Sheriff's Office on Sunday said the men are: Koby Clark of Bozeman, Montana, Reece Rollins of Terrebonne, Oregon and brothers Raymond and Jesse Ferrieri of Mahapac Falls, New York.

    >>

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities have identified four hunters who remain missing after a crash in the Idaho backcountry.    The Idaho County Sheriff's Office on Sunday said the men are: Koby Clark of Bozeman, Montana, Reece Rollins of Terrebonne, Oregon and brothers Raymond and Jesse Ferrieri of Mahapac Falls, New York.

    >>
  • Officer returns to work after being shot while on duty

    Officer returns to work after being shot while on duty

    Sunday, May 27 2018 4:11 PM EDT2018-05-27 20:11:14 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho police officer returned to duty after suffering a gunshot wound while responding to a call.    The Coeur d'Alene Press reports Officer Charles Hatley of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department returned to duty earlier this month and called the experience "eye-opening."

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho police officer returned to duty after suffering a gunshot wound while responding to a call.    The Coeur d'Alene Press reports Officer Charles Hatley of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department returned to duty earlier this month and called the experience "eye-opening."

    >>