10:35 am Oct. 23, 2012
Stephen Colbert focused his attention on Andrew Cuomo last night, for trying to get legislators in Albany to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana before they can have their pay hike.
But the real target of Colbert's humorous outrage is really Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, whose stop-and-frisk policy Cuomo wishes to reform. (What's stopping him? The Republicans who, thanks in part to Bloomberg's generous donations and a Cuomo-approved gerrymander, stand to retain control of the State Senate for the immediate future.)
The problem Cuomo is trying to fix was first reported by Ailsa Chang: police were ordering people to empty their pockets then arresting them because the small amount of pot they possessed in private was now "public."
"Oh, I see what's happening here," Colbert said, pretending to take a hit from a joint. "What if we, like" he said, pretending to be really stoned and losing his train of thought before breaking out in laughter.
"What if we lived in a world where our police resources were allocated more effectively and didn't reflect the endemic racism of the system, maaan?"