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Beyond taking action right now for #MarijuanaJustice, calling on NY lawmakers to support #StartSmartNY, #NewYorkers should use this discussion as opportunity to think more broadly about how ill-equipped the legal system is to deal w/ public health issues, nuisances, most things.
Marijuana possession is just one of many offenses that everyone should now agree belong nowhere near criminal court. Drug possession, turnstile jumping, suspended licenses, trespass, petit larceny. “Crimes” of poverty, homelessness, addiction, health. #MarijuanaJustice
If you’re moved & want to do something, support the marijuana legalization bill in NY. Visit here (👇) for more on how to get involved. This could happen this month: smart-ny.com
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(1) @NYPDONeill is in the @nytimes today, defending the #NYPD’s #FacialRecognition, but his defense left us with more questions than answers. S.T.O.P. and other advocates have challenged the #NYPD’s facial recognition dragnet. #NYC needs reforms, not PR. nytimes.com/2019/06/09/opi…
(2) The truth is that the #NYPD’s #FacialRecognition system is biased and broken. Their database will return more than 200 possible “matches” for every single photo. Meaning that AT BEST it is wrong 99.5% of the time. All too often, NONE of the “matches” will be the real suspect.
(3) #FacialRecognition can be a powerful tool, but only when used correctly. Per @GeorgetownCPT, #NYPD artists #Photoshop images before testing them, altering the faces and copy/pasting #celebrity photos. This isn’t #ForensicScience; it’s an art project. law.georgetown.edu/privacy-techno…
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Immediately after his veto of a bill that would have granted up to 12 weeks bereavement leave for New Yorkers, (which passed by large majority in the Assembly and Senate), @NYGovCuomo granted clemency to 29 illegal immigrants with criminal records...
Cuomo granted a pardon or commuted sentences for 29 illegals whose charges included robbery, first-degree assault, attempted arson, counterfeiting, and drug dealing.
#governorCuomo #IllegalImmigration #familyleave #newyorkers
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