Philadelphia Police to Stop Arresting Criminals Due to Coronavirus

Philadelphia police officers have been ordered to stop arresting criminals due to fear of the spread of the coronavirus, according to The Daily Caller.

In an email sent to all police officers in the city, they have been instructed to avoid arresting “non-violent” offenders, and instead to simply “detain individuals, confirm identification, and complete necessary paperwork,” before releasing them to be arrested at a later date with an arrest warrant. Among the “non-violent” crimes that are to be temporarily excused are “burglary, narcotics offenses, prostitution, auto theft, vandalism, and theft from persons.”

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 came out in support of the move, with a statement from President John McNesby, who said that “we are supportive of Commissioner Outlaw’s directive,” which was “released to keep officers safe during this public health crisis.” However, there was widespread ridicule of the directive on social media, which suggested that the move was a shift towards lawlessness and near anarchy over fears of the disease.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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