NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Demonstrators rallied down the street from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s home on Wednesday to protest what they call the illegal arrests of mainly black and Hispanics for possessing marijuana.

Chanting “Illegal arrests have got to go,” city council members, community leaders and others protested near Bloomberg’s East 79th Street home.

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Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito demanded the arrests, which protestors say are the result of illegal searches, have to stop.

“This policy on behalf of this administration which has arrested and incarcerated more of our young people than the Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani administrations combined, needs to stop,” Mark-Viverito said the crowd.

Mark-Viverito says these arrests are costing the city $75 million a year.

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