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Philadelphia Police to Stop Arresting Criminals for Drugs, Theft, Prostitution Over Coronavirus

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It is a good time to be a sex worker, pimp, and/or drug dealer in Philadelphia. It’s like “The Purge” in the City of Brotherly Love, apparently – anything goes while coronavirus hysteria continues to slam the nation.

This sort of information was probably not meant to be public knowledge, considering it wouldn’t be wise to warn criminals that they can roam free. But there’s always a leaker.

Here’s what’s up, via Philadelphia Inquirer:

One day after Philadelphia courts closed until April 1 to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw notified commanders Tuesday that police will be delaying arrests for nonviolent crimes, including drug offenses, theft, and prostitution.

The announcement came in an internal memo outlining protections including social distancing during roll call and emphasizing the importance of the public’s safety, as well as the safety of officers. A boldfaced, yellow-highlighted paragraph notes that “if an officer believes that releasing the offender would pose a threat to public safety, the officer will notify a supervisor,” who would decide whether the suspect should be held.

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The Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement supporting the decision, which covers all narcotics offenses, thefts, burglary, vandalism, prostitution, stolen cars, economic crimes, such as bad checks and fraud, and any existing bench warrants.

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