Ramsey County to end felony prosecutions that result from non-public safety traffic stops
Minneapolis CBS affiliate WCCO reports Democrat District Attorney John Choi chose to decriminalize felony-level moving violations and crimes that are not discussed in the article.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has announced a new policy that he says is aimed at fundamentally changing the use of non-public safety traffic stops by police.
In a press conference early Wednesday afternoon, Choi detailed the new policy that ends felony prosecutions resulting from non-public safety traffic stops. He says these stops typically occur when a motorist has an equipment violation, with the intent to seek evidence for a more serious crime.
St. Paul police announced they will no longer conduct traffic stops for offenses including vehicle registrations, loud mufflers, items on windshields and non-working lights.
“These types of stops disproportionately affect black and brown communities and undermine the trust in the work police do every day to serve and protect the public,” Choi’s office said in a release. “The new policy was developed in collaboration with local law enforcement, philanthropic leaders, county residents and national partners such as the Vera Institute of Justice.”
Choi also said the county attorney’s office will “no longer favor officers asking people for consent to search their vehicle.”
“That practice, in my view, is coercive and it actually leads and breeds more distrust in our community,” Choi said. “If there is no reason to ask for consent and you present a case to us that’s based solely on that … we will also not prosecute that case.”
Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association Executive Director Brian Peter released a statement following the county attorney’s announcement.
“Basically, the county attorney just announced his office won’t uphold the law and won’t prosecute those break it. That’s absurd, and is a slap in the face to victims of crime,” Peter said. “Ramsey County residents be warned: those that break the law won’t even get a slap on the wrist — they’ll get a high-five from the county attorney and be left to commit more, and more serious offenses. Reduction of crime and public safety for all should be our focus as the crime rate escalates – and this isn’t it.”
Republican members of the House and Senate have also issued statements in opposition to the new policy.
(Read the liberal swill at WCCO)
Considering that this came from the party whose President and V.P. fundraised to bail out Antifa and BLM, this does not surprise
Remember that, during the election, Biden and Kamala pulled together funds to raise bail for Antifa and BLM thugs who had burned and destroyed cities across the North.
In 2021, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg continued (along with her social justice judges) releasing murderers
Houston Public Media reported in a 8 April 2021 article how Kim Ogg has facilitated the release of felons on personal recognizance bonds.
It’s an issue that has been raised over and over again by critics of Harris County’s bail practices: people accused of violent offenses committing crimes while they’re out on bond.
But while many agree that there is a problem, not everyone agrees on how to address it.
At a committee hearing for Texas Senate Bill 21 last month, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg presented data showing that the number of defendants charged with new crimes while out on bond has gone up every year for the past five years.
The number of those accused of accused of a crime while out on two to four bonds quadrupled from 2016 to 2020, from 1,812 to 7,312.
SB21 would prohibit judges from giving low-cost or bonds to defendants who have previously violated bond conditions or who are accused of multiple crimes.
What everybody does seem to agree on is that Harris County’s misdemeanor bail reform is not to blame – even though it keeps coming up in the discussion.
Harris County is currently bound to the terms of a settlement from a case that found its use of misdemeanor cash bail unconstitutionally discriminated against people who couldn’t afford to pay. Since then, people accused of misdemeanors in Harris County are often let out of jail with no cash bail – so-called personal recognizance or PR bonds.
(Read more at Houston Public Media)
Sadly, the best source of information does not originate with traditional media
If you really want to keep up to date on how bad the release of felons affects the safety of Houstonians, keep in touch with Andy Kahan, Director of Victims’ Services at Houston’s Crime Stoppers.
In 2019, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg pledged to stop prosecuting some marijuana possession cases
Houston Public Media reported in a 2 July 2019 article how Kim Ogg pledged to stop prosecuting some marijuana possession cases.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced on Tuesday her office will only accept criminal charges for misdemeanor possession of marijuana if a lab test result proves that the evidence seized has a THC concentration of more than 0.3 percent.
THC, technically named tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive element in cannabis.
Ogg said in a news release that the new guideline is based on a state law passed this year by the Legislature that creates a State of Texas Hemp Production Plan and allows farmers to grow hemp as a crop.
The text of the law establishes that hemp is considered to have a maximum THC concentration of 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.
“This necessarily means that the THC content and quantification is now relevant to prosecuting all marijuana cases,” said Ogg. “The new definition of hemp necessarily changes the definition of marijuana.”
In Texas, possession of four ounces or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor. The DA said her office will work under the premise that in misdemeanor cases, if the THC concentration is less than 0.3 percent, the substance is hemp. A THC concentration greater than 0.3 percent would be classified as marijuana. Under the new law, Ogg said proof beyond a reasonable doubt will require laboratory testing for THC concentration.
In March, Ogg announced that convictions for marijuana possession-related misdemeanors in Harris County had gone down 80 percent since her office implemented a pre-charge diversion program that allows people to go through special courses instead of being arrested.
(Read more at Houston Public Media)
This should be a matter of debate in the Texas Senate and House, not an edict from a District Attorney with a Queen complex
Kim Ogg and every other petty dictator from Joe Biden on down needs to remember that the laws get debated and passed in houses of Congress.
Just as I dissented during the petty reign of Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson (who claimed to be Republican, but had many Planned Parenthood ties and went tooth-and-nail against David Daleiden), we cannot allow those who prosecute criminals to re-write the law by ignoring parts of it.