• David Long

Last week, in a discussion of Mick Dumke’s and Ben Joravsky’s “politics of pot” story, a commenter posed an important question:

Do we have any percentages for the circumstances under which people were arrested for possession? I know the apologists claim that the high percentages of blacks in the system are due to street dealing or open consumption/display, but it would be informative to see how many people were arrested in their homes, driving, walking down the street, etc., when it didn’t directly involve a sale…. Seems to me if the cops are searching an inordinate number of vehicles driven by black men or just black guys walking around, those are the people who are going to get locked up.