DETROIT– A Flint-area prosecutor stated Tuesday that his workplace will no longer license criminal charges in cases that start with a policeman stopping someone for simply walking in the street.
The technique can result in a weapon or drug charge or be perceived as harassment. It's more frequently utilized in metropolitan areas where minorities live rather of rural communities, said Genesee County district attorney David Leyton.
“This is an unreasonable practice. It's likely unconstitutional,” Leyton stated.
Genesee County's black population is estimated at 20%. Blacks make up 53% of Flint, the county's largest city.
The brand-new policy comes while officials throughout the U.S. speak about how minorities have actually been treated in the justice system. Vigorous demonstrations have actually followed the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis, whose neck was pinned to the ground by cops.
“There is no better time than the present,” Leyton said.
He stated Flint has an ordinance disallowing individuals from strolling in the street when there's a sidewalk, although the sidewalk might be in bad shape or improperly lit.
“If police bring a warrant demand to my office where the only factor a more major criminal offense was uncovered was since the police stopped a private for strolling in the street, that require will be rejected,” Leyton stated. “There must be other tangible proof a criminal offense is being devoted prior to we will entertain a warrant.”
He said communities are less safe when people do not rely on cops to use laws uniformly.
Defense lawyer Michael Manley applauded Leyton.
“The majority of the stops don't lead to anything aside from apprehending a private citizen. I believe that's what he's trying to eliminate,” Manley stated.
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