Is New York City Too Prone To Make Arrests In Minor Cases?


Margaret Ferguson, a New York City child-care worker, was stopped by three plainclothed police officers who accused her of smoking marijuana. They didn’t find any, Newsday reports, but they arrested her at her office anyway. She lost her job. Her attorney, James Meyerson, said New York officers “arrest people for reasons that are unjustified.”

Ferguson has sued the city, which has refused to discuss the case while the lawsuit is pending. Newsday reported recently about the surge in trespassing arrests and the contention by Legal Aid lawyers that the New York Police Department, with its many arrests, is saddling people with arrest records likely to haunt them.


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