San Francisco’s public defender has called for police to stop issuing citations and arresting people for non-violent crimes in an effort to limit officer’s exposure to possible coronavirus patients.
According to the San Francisco Examiner, Manohar Raju sent the letter on Wednesday urging Police Chief Bill Scott to take certain steps to protect his officers. “As we all follow recommendations to avoid congregating and preserving more personal distance than usual,” Raju wrote, “We must be especially mindful to reduce criminal legal system contact to the greatest extent possible, while also upholding the duty to protect public safety.”
He pointed out that officers should stop citing or arresting people for infractions misdemeanors, and non-violent felonies “unless there is a clear and present danger.”
There is no word if the San Francisco Police Department will listen or follow the Public Defender’s request.
There are more than 200 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of California, with 23 being located in San Francisco.
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