Left-wing state attorney announces halt to prosecution of ‘low-level’ offenses

Unprecedented conditions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic resulted in adjustments to the way some jurisdictions policed their streets, and a prominent official in one of America’s major cities has just announced she is making those changes permanent.

According to NBC News, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced on Friday that she will no longer prosecute drug and prostitution offenses or other low-level crimes such as minor traffic infractions, extending for good a policy she implemented on a temporarily basis amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Permanent policy change

The decision was made public in a press release that touted “one-year success” of a strategy embarked upon last March in which offenses deemed of a less serious nature would not be prosecuted, The Hill reported.

Mosby boasted that her change in policy had “resulted in a decrease in arrests, no adverse impact on the crime rate” and helped “address the systemic inequality of mass incarceration.”

Mosby went on to assert that “prosecuting low-level offenses with no public safety value is counterproductive to the limited law enforcement resources we have.”

She added that Baltimore would “leave behind the era of tough-on-crime prosecution and zero tolerance policing and no longer default to the status quo to criminalize mostly people of color for addiction.”

While it is true that the past year has seen declines in certain categories of crime in the city such as property offenses and robberies during the pandemic, its staggering rate of shootings and killings continued apace in 2020.

Potential for catastrophe

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison has warned that any reported drop in crime is not necessarily cause to celebrate — the city had already tallied well over 300 homicides by the end of 2020 — and said, “the decreases are attributed to fewer people being out, which means fewer opportunities and chances for victimization,” according to The Baltimore Sun.

Local activist James Timpson told The Sun late last year that many likely criminals are coming to the realization that they simply stand a much lower chance of arrest under current conditions, and “they really don’t fear the repercussions of their actions right now,” something that may prove catastrophic once cities return to a pre-pandemic level of societal engagement.

Mosby first rose to national prominence for her role in charging several Baltimore police officers in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, cases in which she obtained zero convictions.

More recently, news broke that she and her husband, Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby are currently under federal investigation over tax-related matters.

Though the full impact of Mosby’s decision to abandon the prosecution of so-called low-level offenses is not yet known, the free-for-all atmosphere such a policy undoubtedly engenders almost certainly bodes ill for the law-abiding citizens of Baltimore.

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  6. Thank you for this story however…I’m sorry but the 5 responses did not address the content of the piece written regarding the Baltimore State Attorney’s recent announcement regarding “low level’ prosecutions. What happened? Anyway…of course this another example of Democratic run city governments. They really don’t care about people of “color”, no matter what color they are! They know that allowing people to break the law that eventually they will die from their own abuse. Who cares! Drug use, prostitution and traffic violations are laws broken! If we don’t enforce the laws of the land then we are going to reap the whirlwind when the lawless are not arrested. A little law broken is just like a little lie…but still a lie! Mrs. (?) Mosby should be fired from her job because she is supposed to uphold ALL laws! The examples set by previous Baltimore city government officials is ironclad proof that the people of Baltimore don’t count. Just ask Nancy Pelosi’s fathers family. How about the cocaine mayor? How about the mayors that let huge areas of nice business and residential districts become uninhabitable slums that even homeless people wouldn’t live in….today? Maryland and most of the east coast has become a megalopolis of lawbreakers, slums with slum lords, filthy with garbage with cesspools of crime and corruption. Pretty soon the leaders will say “Let them eat cake!” Then they better watch out! Downtrodden don’t like to be announced and treated as downtrodden!

  7. Typical dem tactic! Don’t prosecute and take credit for a decrease in arrests and the crime rate. And,by all means,use Covid as the excuse! God help us all,especially the people of Baltimore!

  8. I guess this gives every nut job in this state a right to do what ever they want as long as they don’t kill someone. This mayor needs to be recalled, NOW.

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