Liberal Attorney General Suggests Police Stop Making Certain Arrests
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Many Democrat-controlled states have abandoned law and order on a grand scale, but none as grand as what the state attorney general of New York has proposed.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James has recommended that police officers no longer make arrests during routine traffic stops, The New York Post reported.
The New York State Attorney General will not be filing charges against an NYPD sergeant for a 2019 police-involved shooting death but did recommend cops no longer arrest people during traffic stops if they have certain open warrants, an AG report released Friday states.
The report, completed by James’ Special Investigations and Prosecution Units, analyzed the death of Allan Feliz, 31, who was shot by Sgt. Jonathan Rivera during an October 2019 traffic stop in the Bronx.
Feliz had been pulled over for allegedly not wearing a seatbelt but instead of handing over his own ID when cops asked, he gave his brother’s license.
The sibling had three open warrants for littering, spitting, and disorderly conduct.
Feliz was asked to step out of the car, but he soon got back into the vehicle and attempted to drive away, sending Rivera jumping into the vehicle from the passenger side.
The driver would not surrender and continued driving the car, but when Rivera believed his partner had been struck by the car he shot Feliz.
The attorney general did not find a reason to charge the officer with a crime, but she did say that traffic stops like that one should not be made by officers because “the vast majority of traffic stops — including this one — do not involve criminal conduct, yet the involvement of police in such situations can result in violent interactions.”
“The report also highlighted studies demonstrating disparities in the use of force during traffic stops against Black and Latino men. The untimely death of Mr. Feliz further underscores the need for this change,” the report said.
No more traffic stops or allowing police doing their jobs because a person who is stopped by police could resist arrest and endanger lives and the police would have to shoot them.
Asking the police to not do their job because criminals cannot obey the law is not only ridiculous, it is dangerous to law-abiding citizens.
If the New York Police Department does continue with traffic stops she asked that they not make arrests on low-level warrants.
“The OAG believes that such a policy properly balances the risks to the community and the public interest in avoiding unnecessary arrests during car stops. In addition, the OAG encourages state lawmakers to consider whether this issue might also be more fully addressed through legislation,” the report said.
“It is highly unlikely that the incident involving Mr. Feliz – whose warrants (Sammy Feliz warrants) were for the violations/offenses of spitting, littering, and disorderly conduct – would have escalated in the manner it did in the absence of this automatic arrest policy,” it said.
After Feliz was shot police searched his car and found over nine grams of cocaine and 1.3 grams of methamphetamines.
He was on parole for a federal offense and would have likely been sent to prison for the violations.
“Because Mr. Feliz was under federal parole supervision at the time of the incident, possession of these controlled substances would likely have violated the conditions of his release and, if convicted for possession of one or more felonies, subjected him to a mandatory New York State prison sentence,” the report said.