Philadelphia Police to Stop ‘Non-Violent’ Arrests Due to Coronavirus

by Greg Price

Philadelphia police officers have been instructed to stop making arrests for what are considered to be “non-violent crimes” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

[…] An email sent to the city’s officers on Tuesday tells them to only temporarily detain individuals, confirm identification, and complete necessary paperwork. The individual will then be arrested at a later date on an arrest warrant.

The list of offenses now considered “non-violent” include burglary, narcotics offenses, prostitution, auto theft, vandalism, theft from persons, among others.

“We are supportive of Commissioner Outlaw’s directive on making arrests during the Coronavirus crisis. The directive was released to keep officers safe during this public-health crisis. Meanwhile, violent offenders will be arrested and processed with the guidance of a police supervisor,” Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 President John McNesby told Fox29 in a statement.

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