Family of Teen Murder Victim Blasts NYPD Rep for Linking The Crime to Marijuana

Family of Teen Murder Victim Blasts NYPD Rep for Linking The Crime to Marijuana

Family members of a woman who was stabbed in Manhattan’s Morningside Park were offended by a police union official’s comments on Sunday that Tessa Majors’ death had to do with cannabis. Many see the remarks as thinly veiled digs at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s policing priorities.  “She was in the park to buy marijuana,” said the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association Ed Mullins on a morning talk radio show. “And you think about that, we don’t enforce marijuana laws anymore. We’re basically hands-off on the enforcement of marijuana.”  The comments were seen as criticism of Mayor de Blasio’s relaxation of marijuana policing norms. Apparently, the police rep thinks that the 18-year-old would still be alive today if marijuana deals were being more stringently policed. His remarks join a chorus that has arisen since the murder that it is a result of the NYC mayor’s de-escalation of cannabis-related policing tactics.  In May, de Blasio announced an “overhaul and reform” of police policy that guided law enforcement to no longer arrest people caught smoking cannabis.  New York state narrowly missed legalizing adult use marijuana this year after lawmakers were unable to agree on the details of regulation legislation.…

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