Brooklyn Brutality Re-Ignites Outrage Over Pot Policing in NYC

Brooklyn Brutality Re-Ignites Outrage Over Pot Policing in NYC

A young black man was brutalized by police in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn on the night of March 4, after he was (supposedly) caught toking. The ugly incident was caught on video by a passer-by, and has gone viral. Amid public outrage, the New York Police Department has opened an investigation. But the affair opens fresh wounds over the seemingly intractable problem of racist pot enforcement in Gotham City.   Asking for Justice In the chilling video, the man is initially accosted by a plainclothes officer as he was leaving a park. The undercover cop does not seem to identify himself as a police officer, and repeatedly refuses to answer the man’s questions about why he is being stopped and whether he is free to leave. The witness who took the video stated on Twitter: “I’m walking home from work and this undercover cop was holding this man. The guy asked for the cop to identify himself, he ignore that. He asked what crime he commit, he ignore that too. I pulled out my phone.”  At about 40 seconds into the video, close to a dozen uniformed officers swarm in, tackle the young man to the ground, and begin kicking and punching him, oblivious to his screams. “Help me!” the man cries. “I am not resisting!”  The incident turned out to be all about cannabis. An NYPD spokesperson told Gothamist the man was stopped because officers saw “two males inside the park smoking a lit marijuana cigarette and as the officers approached the…

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