Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Another Coronavirus Casualty: Philly Police To Stop Making Arrests

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

At 4 p.m. today, because of the coronavirus health crisis, Philadelphia police will no longer be making arrests for all narcotics offenses, theft from persons, retail theft, theft from auto, burglary and vandalism.

In addition, there will be no more arrests for all bench warrants, stolen autos, economic crimes such as passing bad checks and fraud, and prostitution.

According to a message sent out this afternoon to all police chief inspectors, staff inspectors and police captains, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, cops who "encounter persons who would ordinarily be arrested for these offenses . . . will adhere to the following procedures:"

-- Cops are to "temporarily detain the offender for the length of time required to confirm identity (this may require the deployment of mobile fingerprint scanners)."

-- Prepare all relevant paper work and then "release offender."

-- Send an arrest affidavit to the district attorney's charging unit -- where arrest warrants go to die -- and if the charges are approved, detectives will obtain arrest warrants to "be served at a later time."

"If an officer believes that releasing the offender would pose a threat to public safety," Outlaw wrote, "the officer will notify a supervisor, who review the totality of the circumstances and utilize discretion, in the interests of public safety, in determining the appropriate course of action."

As an investigative reporter, I asked one police officer what the new procedures mean if, say he saw Ralph Cipriano walking down Broad Street with 50 bags of heroin hanging out of his pockets.

The officer responded that under the new guidelines, during the coronavirus crisis, he would be required, presumably at a socially safe distance of six feet, to stop me, take down my name, confiscate my drugs, and send me on my way with a courteous, "Have a nice day."

According to the police commissioner's memo, the police are also suspending the "live stop" vehicle impoundment program "until further notice."

In service training for police will be temporarily suspended.

Roll calls "will be modified to ensure proper social distancing; and officers will take measures to ensure the same when responding to calls for service."

"It is also imperative that police personnel cease planning and participating in events involving the gathering of ten or more persons," Outlaw wrote.

"Most importantly, we want all of our members to stay healthy. You have control over the most important things you can do to protect yourself," the commissioner wrote. Such as maintaining that "recommended social distance of 6-feet," washing hands regularly, and wearing nitrile gloves.

Any cop who has the virus should wear a mask.

"As this pandemic situation is inherently fluid," the commissioner wrote, updates and further instruction will be provided as conditions dictate."

So there you have it folks. While it's a crime for a restaurant or diner to stay open in Philadelphia during the big coronavirus scare, it may basically be legal -- at least until the D.A. approves an arrest warrant, always a shaky prospect under D.A. Larry Krasner -- to deal drugs, rob, steal, pass bad checks, and engage in prostitution.

Have a nice day. And try to keep a safe six-foot distance away from any drug dealers, muggers or hookers you encounter on the street.

29 comments:

  1. Any cop who has the virus should wear a mask, really I would have thought the medical profession would have addressed this differently, like say quarantine and seek medical advice, not contaminate your fellow officers.

    Maybe this will give us incentive to stay in, not for fear of the virus but a fear of criminals who have free range over law abiding citizens. I would say all non-essential businesses should remain closed due to criminals.

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  2. Now that is ONE scary woman

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    1. Commissioner Outlaw was run out of Oakland because she identified with the HOODRAT RAIDERS and its criminal fanbase, the general population of Oakland.

      The RAIDERS left Oakland for Vegas and the WARRIORS fled to Frisco because of policies she supported and helped enforce and destroyed the quality of life of a once vibrant City.

      Does that sound familiar.

      Outlaw will make Philly an armpit like she has wherever she squatted.

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  3. It appears that Bernnie Sanders platform has been adopted by Krasner and the Philadelphia police department.

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  4. Now that the Boyz @ 9th & Catharine have set up their Betting Parlor, what odds are they giving for an Insurrection and not a Resurrection before Easter.

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  5. An invitation to commit crime!

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  6. Holy God. The Purge is not just a television program, in this city.

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  7. To think it is even remotely “ok” to publish this, and giving the average person the slightest thought that they can get away with crime, is the dumbest thing I’ve read in the internet today.

    Just so you can publish/post something before anyone else can, you will resort to absolute irresponsible journalism. You are a moron.

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    1. Hey Genius, Kenney has Outlaw on her knees in Billy Penn's Hat.

      We can only hope they jump before her next PMS Cycle.

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    2. I appreciate your sincere good wishes. Since you appreciate morons, did you happen to notice that your favorite football team just cut Malcolm Jenkins?

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  8. All residents should be armed and prepared to shoot.

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  9. Nonessential personnel are essential at the discretion of supervisors. Where is the safety in that.

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  10. OMG the s***'s going to hit the fan down in Philly now I feel sorry for you

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  11. A I was reading this, I was waiting for a punch line!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!

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  12. Why no coverage of property theft??? https://youtu.be/7Tq2sTbJpbo

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  13. Concealed carry folks, that's whats being forced upon the good and upright people. Maybe it's illegal, but I'll take my chances and shoot first, then let the courts figure it out - after the fact. You know what they say about dead men...

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  14. Don’t kid yourselves, this is only a test. If it runs smoothly, this will be how arrests are made in the near future. Until someone else gets killed serving a warrant for a “non-violent felony or misdemeanor”.
    By the way, is it all “non-violent felonies” and “misdemeanors” or “non-violent felonies and non-violent misdemeanors”? The difference kinda matters

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  15. Hahahah....krasner dream is coming true, and what do u expect from a mayor who hires a nice person who is just not ready to lead a police department in a big city. She is clueless the mayor is clueless and thank god this is his last term. And as far as the DA, this is what the coward wanted. Be careful men and women of the police department

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  16. Yeah, let's blame the writer instead of the incompetent Public Defender Larry Krasner & the other incompetent people that are running the City of Philadelphia. As if the criminals wouldn't be able to figure this out on their own. Have you ever heard the expression, "Don't kill the Messenger"???

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  17. This is just wrong. How do they have a curfew but cant lockup an armed robber.
    And why the fukk would this ever be released to the public?!!!

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  18. This is exactly why officer O'Connor was killed. The piece of s*** should have been in jail not on the streets. And then when they finally got the arrest warrant for murder, officer O'Connor was killed serving that warrant, he would be alive if it wasn't for Krasner.

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  19. Why the f$&@ would you report this and put on social media! Protect our police who protect us! Putting this out there puts them in harm! Stupidity!

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  20. It's called reporting the news. Get over it.

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    1. It's irresponsible, and you know it somewhere deep down. Yes, it is news, but that doesn't make it appropriate to broadcast.

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    2. It was disturbing to write, but given a choice, I'd rather know the truth instead of being conned by what the corrupt government in this town decides to put out there.

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  21. Arrest can be made using minimal precautions I.E. with mask and gloves to protect the officers. Otherwise the bad guys will have a field day. Putting ourselves in harms way for the common good is and always will be part of the job. Those who don't want the risk shouldn't take the job. Although many do for the money.

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  22. The totally incompetent fruit of Democratic Affirmative Action. Wonder how she does at the 'range'. Careful with that trigger, she just might break a multi-colored finger nail.

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