Outspoken police officer calls for decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana
Officer Nick Novello worked his regular shift Saturday at the city’s central patrol station. After a quick change into his civilian clothes, he headed off to an event you wouldn’t expect to find a cop in his off time: a downtown rally calling for the legalization of marijuana. Not only did he attend, he was a featured speaker and an honored guest. “I’m here because I support you,” Novello tells the boisterous crowd of several hundred in his gravelly New York accent.