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

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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. (RELATED: These Are, Hands Down, The Best Responses We’ve Seen To Combat Coronavirus)

“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.

Users on Twitter compared the unprecedented halt to policing to the film “The Purge” and “Grand Theft Auto” video game.

The move comes as the number of cases of coronavirus in America jumped more than 1,200 over the last 24 hours to go along with over 100 deaths.