There is no headline like a New York City tabloid headline.
New York City’s decision to stop arresting people for possession of small amounts of marijuana dominated tabloid headlines in the nation’s largest city. The Daily News and The New York Post both led with marijuana-themed banners.
The Daily News’ headline, superimposed over a picture of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who is holding a bag of weed, dubbed the pair, “The Doobie Brothers.”
The New York Post had similar picture of the major standing behind the city’s top cop, with a headline that read: “Joint Chiefs.”
Police in the New York have been instructed to write tickets to people in possession of 25 grans or less of marijuana instead of arresting them.
“To give you a sense of what 25 grams of marijuana would look like, that’s about it,” Bratton said as he held a plastic bag with green vegetable material, which he identified as oregano. “All I can think of right now is pizza, because I usually like oregano on my pizza.”
While citizens who have been protesting the old policy because of it’s disproportional enforcement in communities of color, not every one in NYC was thrilled by the announcement. The president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Pat Lynch, said he is worried his members will not get clear instructions on how they should enforce the revised policy and will be blamed for any adverse effects of the change.
“We do not want police officers left holding the bag if crime rises because of poor policy,” Lynch said.