Newly-Elected DA Vows To Stop Prosecuting Resisting Arrest And 15 Other Crimes

Suffolk County District Attorney-elect Rachel Rollins has compiled a list of 15 offense she will decline to prosecute.

Boston, MA – When Suffolk County’s district attorney-elect Rachel Rollins takes over the prosecutor’s office in January, criminals will no longer need to worry about being held accountable for many offenses – including resisting arrest.

“It’s a recipe for disaster,” veteran Boston defense attorney, Robert Griffin, told the Boston Globe.

“The problem is the message that you’re sending,” Griffin stressed. “You’re encouraging bad behavior. You’re telling people that we’re not going to do anything about this.”

Rollins, 47, has been widely hailed – and widely criticized – for her well-publicized “Charges to be Declined” list, which she has featured on her campaign webpage.

With rare exception, offenses of shoplifting, trespass, threats, and larceny under $250 will no longer be prosecuted, as well as disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, and “minor driving offenses,” according to the list.

Breaking and entering will not be prosecuted, as long as the perpetrator makes sure the property is vacant. Alternatively, those who commit break-ins of occupied homes because they are cold or tired, but don’t damage anything, will also be in the clear.

Offenders won’t have to worry about going to court over receiving stolen property or underage drinking, and won't be held accountable for wanton or malicious destruction of property, either.

Making threats will also be permitted, with the exception of those related to domestic violence.

Drug possession will no longer be prosecuted in Suffolk County – even in cases where the suspect is a drug dealer.

Cases where an offender is charged with resisting arrest and nothing else will also be turned away, as well as any instances where the person resists arrest while being charged with another offense on Rollins’ “Charges to be Declined” list.

“In the exceptional circumstances where prosecution of one of these charges is warranted, the line DA must first seek permission from his or her supervisor,” Rollins’ website noted.

Boston Police Protection Union President Michael Leary said the district attorney-elect’s changes will likely lead to an increase in Boston’s crime rate, the Boston Herald reported.

“If you’re doing crime, you have to be held accountable for the crimes you do,” Leary argued. “If you’re out there doing bad things then unfortunately jail is the answer. That’s what jail is for – for people who break the law.”

“The quality of life is going to go down because she’s not going to prosecute these people and they are going to keep doing it,” he added.

“Our job is already dangerous. Its unbelievable to think people are willing to make it more dangerous for us,” Leary told WBZ. “I fear that officers will begin to see even more aggressiveness than we already face on a daily basis…if there are no consequences, offenders will figure ‘why not resist?’”

Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes said he is especially worried about the victims who will never see justice served, the Boston Herald reported.

“Their voices need to be heard as well,” Chief Kyes said.

“I don’t think she’s properly taking into account the cost that criminals inflict on society even for minor crimes,” National District Attorney’s Association President William Fitzpatrick explained. “Ignoring minor crimes leads to an increase in violent crimes.”

Former U.S. President Barack Obama disagreed, and praised Rollins during a speech at the University of Illinois in September, WBZ reported.

“Do what they just did in Philadelphia and Boston, and elect state attorneys and district attorneys who are looking at issues in a new light,” he said at the time.

Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed concurred, and described Rollins’ declination to prosecute as “the next frontier of criminal justice reform,” WGBH reported.

“If you have a prosecutor who is declining to charge…that can go a long way toward advancing justice, cutting back on mass incarceration,” Medwed said.

“I think Rachael Rollins should be applauded for trying to do something different, for trying to address the trap of a criminal conviction that ensnares so many young people in Boston, especially young men of color,” the professor added. “Even if you get probation, typically, for one of these offenses, it's very easy to violate the terms of your probation.”

Being convicted of criminal offenses create a lot of hardships for offenders, Medwed argued.

“The collateral consequences of a criminal record are enormous. You'll have difficulty finding employment. You might be ineligible for certain forms of public housing, in some states you can't even vote,” he complained.

Rollins will be at the helm of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office effective Jan. 2, 2019.

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ez2beme
ez2beme

What fukin idiots voted for this retard?

beans08
beans08

I haven't heard her say one thing about victims. Where will restitution come from? The only people this will help is criminals of color, it certainly isn't going to help vitims of color.

jacques P
jacques P

Ever hear of the word " IMPEACH "?

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Ever hear the words "OOPS! I didn't realize it was loaded "!

TamiIami
TamiIami

Lucking Foon! First push everyone hate the police, then make laws illegal. This Utopia they are seeking is going to be so much fun! My advise buy stock in all ammo companies!!

angeleyes
angeleyes

TG this is not race related, i was worried for a minute

hausdok
hausdok

All one has to do to see how this won't work is to look at Seattle where cops are leaving the force in record numbers because of uber-liberal policies of the mayor and the city council. Not only are many criminals not prosecuted, the cops are told not to enforce the law downtown for many minor offenses. Word has gotten out about how the police here have been neutered, and vagrants are flocking here from all over the country. Petty crime has increased substantially.

One can walk a half mile through downtown and see heroin being openly sold on the street, users injecting themselves in full view of the public while cops stand nearby, unable to do anything about it because the mayor has told them hands off. There are junkies and homeless vagrants accosting tourists for money and assaulting and berating those same tourists if they don't give them money. Homeless encampments are springing up all over the city blocking sidewalks, in the parks, etc.. Drug dealers are dealing everything from meth to heroin out of decrepit RV's that the police are told to leave alone. Panhandlers are begging at every intersection and there is trash everywhere. Used hypodermic needles are littering the streets.

The city spends $150M a year claiming to be doing something about the homeless and nothing gets done. Imagine what a police department could do with an extra $150M a year and being told to enforce the law instead of ignoring minor crime.

Seattle should be re-named Shithole on the Sound.

Well, one good thing might come out of that prosecutor's refusal to prosecute petty crimes - in a couple of years Boston might be worse than Seattle, in terms of the same kind of garbage described above, and Boston can be re-named Shithole on the Harbor and Seattle will no longer be the poster city for the shitty consequences of uber-liberal snowflake administrations.

Golobki
Golobki

They voted for it. Let them live with it. Elections have consequences.

Tekhore
Tekhore

Crime is the new black entitlement

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

the practice of arresting only for resisting arrest really needs to stop.

Bob480
Bob480

The first thing the police can do is stop all court appearance's! Let her do her job without their testimony, she doesn't need it! The second thing is start resigning! The residents of Boston elected her, let the DA's office patrol the streets! Obviously the residents of Boston don't back the blue!

unholyone
unholyone

Whatever happened to honoring their oath of office to uphold the laws of their state and country? And people wonder why more and more cops are being killed, injured, and assaulted.

Bob480
Bob480

This is what happens when Democratic Socialists take over the rule of law goes out the window!

cspcapt
cspcapt

am i confused? didn't she take an oath to uphold the laws of the state? she lied-fire her!

Saron
Saron

I'm shocked, yes shocked that Obama is for this. People our nation is going straight to hell in a handbasket.

AndyofMayberry
AndyofMayberry

The police there might as well just sit in the station house and watch TV.

GaulBladder
GaulBladder

The most importing thing in the world is race relations, and the BEST thing we can do in this country to improve race relations is to allow back people to steal from white people.

That way, once they steal enough, we'll all be equal, and once black people own as much as white people, we'll all love each other.

The problem all along has been these racist laws preventing this equalization.

You think I'm joking - but we're raising an entire generation that actually BELIEVES this. This woman is the tip of a big cancerous tumor that our nation has allowed to grow, right under our noses.

We're done. You can take this one out, but there's is literally an entire generation coming up behind her singing this same tune.

thugjager
thugjager

remove all incentive to achieve,no one achieves.....remove law and accountability,chaos....so predictable.....so pathetic.......

Irishiz1313
Irishiz1313

This is what we get from ill/mis/uninformed LibTwit DNC sycophants Prediction Boston will lose more money than saved when a cops are killed or injured because new AG will not prosecute resisting arrest City/County will get their asses sued big time by their own Word on street is thugs can now resist arrest & NOT b charged How Fd Up is dat man!

Irishiz1313
Irishiz1313

As my Irish dad would say Money marbles or chalk I bet something is amiss I would check this radical new DA's social media/emails for her undying support of Black Lives Matter and da kneelers Be aware

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

Where I come from DA’s have a DUTY to enforce the laws of the state. File ethics complaint after ethics complain on her.

LEO0301
LEO0301

When I was just a child, my parents taught me about the consequences of my actions. If I did something wrong, I paid the price. It's actually a very simple lesson that most parents teach their children. This woman obviously knows that is not a lesson taught in the minority community. It explains why blacks crowd our jails. It has nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with their actions. Maybe if black women would think twice about sleeping with some loser that's not going to help out with the child they spawn, this wouldn't be an issue today. Anyway, good luck people of Boston. Remember, you're the one who put her in office.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

We all know WHY she is doing this, and God help Law Enforcement now. Brush up your resumes now people. But my question is this, how can a DA just go in and change laws to suit her?

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

How in the hell did she get elected! With her attitude and the people of this county obviously agreeing with it why do they even have a DA. She is obviously very anti law enforcement! Why not just close down the office.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This women is a total nutjob. This will result in complete kaos. The criminals are going to take over. In fact, this story is far "out there" I'm wondering if it is fake news.🤔

MarineDoc
MarineDoc

Once I read, "Former U.S. President Barack Obama disagreed, and praised Rollins during a speech at the University of Illinois in September." She is just following the anti-police line of another loser. What crap. I guess DA's will soon think they have the power to pick and choose the crime of the day NOT to prosecute. With the way the judges are going we will have NO LEGAL SYSTEM!

astrickler
astrickler

How does she propose to arrest a crminal who doesn't want to be arrested? Ask nicely? Her job is to hold people accountable for illegal behavior - since when is it legal to fight a police officer??? She also said burglary is ok if the offender is cold or tired and doesn't cause damage. I certainly am not going to ask the person who just broke into my home if they are cold and tired before I react to them. She needs to spend some time with victims and conduct some police ride-alongs to get a feel of the real world.

Wade 97
Wade 97

When the lawful authority stops prosecuting crimes, they literally force ordinary citizens to take matters into their own hands. This will not go well.

AZBIGDOG
AZBIGDOG

Wow, I am really confused. If you commit a crime, even though it is illegal for you to have done that you will not have to worry about being charged? So, essentially you can enter someones house, occupied or not, without permission and stay there until they call an officer to get you out? Wait, if there is no crime, officers would not be able to remove them. Then it would be up to the civil courts for forcing them to move out. Or simply put. just prior to calling police, give them notice that you are in fear of your life if they do not leave. If they do not, shoot them and then call police. Self defense.

Cmon Now
Cmon Now

Hey, Don’t forget to Decline Prosecution for “contempt of court” and “threats” against District Attorneys and Judges!!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Why, folks, this is just the place we all should just move to or at least take a vacation in, immediately! Posthaste!

RunCop
RunCop

That’s one dumb POS ethnic women!

steelfan77
steelfan77

I think this story wasn’t wrote how it’s meant. I think what is being said here is that a lot of times charges are stacked so they can find something that sticks. She wants to weed that out. Police for example charge anyone that asked them questions or doesn’t agree with them while arresting them with resisting. I’ve witnessed people not fighting them police but expressing their opinions or not licking the boots of the police while being charged or arrested charges with resisting.

Kimela
Kimela

Isn’t her job as an elected official to prosecute crimes? How can this be legal to decide which crimes to prosecute? Isn’t that discriminatory?

retiredcop
retiredcop

I am waiting for the videos of people walking out of stores with merchandise and waving at the cameras. What I am NOT waiting for is threats to do school shootings and nothing is done.

MSK
MSK

This is pure insanity. Doesn’t it figure that our former President, while surrounded by a heavily armed protective detail for the rest of his life, is in agreement. Then there is the brilliant Professor Medwed who states “being convicted of a crime causes people a hardship”. Yeah, I guess there is no hardship felt by the victims of the crime right? Unbelievable!!!

gobigorange
gobigorange

Of course Obama agrees because he is anti America

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Wouldn't that constitute Official misconduct, issuing a blanket policy that she is NOT going to prosecute some charges? Would it not be grounds for discipline by the state regulatory agency?

Lightrae
Lightrae

Matthew 24:12 John 11:35

RhondaT
RhondaT

What she is proposing is illegal...so if someone breaks into your home or just walks in they can help themselves and so long as they dont break anything its not a crime? Ok first stop is her house. What times dinner?

RespectAuthority
RespectAuthority

She’s just making them laws to help the black criminals!! Stop putting blacks in charge, it’s only going to get worse!!!!

RespectAuthority
RespectAuthority

Obummer was a racist, terrorist, thug himself

hkinsey3
hkinsey3

Wow. So she can pick and choose the laws she wants to enforce? Anarchy much? I assume this does not apply to white conservative citizens, just people with rap sheets. Now they can go into stores and steal all they want as long as it is under $250. See you again tomorrow suckers!!

joe_lyons
joe_lyons

Let me get this straight. I can walk into Walmart take what I want and I just have to outrun the store employee? I can also legally fight the cop who tries to stop me?

DarrellB
DarrellB

Boston, You did this TO YOURSELVES ! ! !

Her intentions were posted as part of her campaign. All the unicorn loving, clouds are made of candy floss crowd think it is a great idea and here we are. You "should have" know what you were getting and been able to reason out the pending result. You are going to get what YOU ASKED FOR! ! !

Linebacker.1952
Linebacker.1952

No officer of the court may decline to enforce any law; let the impeachment proceedings begin. May her term of office by very very short.

Linebacker.1952
Linebacker.1952

The Democrats continue to war against the police. The is just the latest outrage.

Fisheye22
Fisheye22

The message being sent is, "Go ahead, break the law", when it needs to be, "You shouldn't have done that." If you want to end mass incarceration you should raise kids who don't break the law. We'll soon see how well this plays out.

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Janko
Janko

Fly, you fools!

Janko
Janko

Fly, you fools!