The Philadelphia Police Department is delaying arrests for specific non-violent crimes as the city focuses on containing the Coronavirus outbreak; including offenses like car theft and possession of narcotics.
“In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Philadelphia police officers have been instructed to stop making arrests for certain non-violent crimes.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw stressed Wednesday that the temporary policy does not mean the department is turning a blind eye to crime,” reports Fox Philadelphia.
BREAKING: @phillypolice officers instructed to stop making arrests for following list of what are consider non-violent crimes. Here is the email sent to city police officers telling them to just obtain arrest warrants for now. @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/GYl13T67uK
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) March 17, 2020
“The department said individuals who would normally be arrested and processed at a detective division, will be temporarily detained to confirm identification and complete necessary paperwork. The individual will then be arrested on a warrant at a later date,” adds the website.
For the criminals in town, good to know. For the citizens of Philly, not so much. https://t.co/z4N2cZHyqw
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 18, 2020
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Source: Fox Philadelphia