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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TonyM
TonyM

Baltimore all over again. Make the public beg for help!

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

EXCUSE ME BUT WHEN DID A COUNTY PROSECUTOR GET TO DECIDE WHICH LAWS ARE LAWS? SHE DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO SET ASIDE STATE LAWS. ONE IN FLORIDA TRIED THIS AND THE GOVENOR KICKED HER BLM ASS. Of course this IS Massa-chews-it so?

checksix
checksix

Anarchy. So, if a home owner, shoots and kills an intruder, will they be charged with murder? Will the home owner have to prove ill intent of the intruder. Will the state use the default intent for the intruder that they only were seeking shelter.

shooter
shooter

Well, I guess this eliminates the "Broken Windows" approach to policing...and trust me...there will be dire societal consequences.

Nalabones
Nalabones

The people voted for this mess and now they will reap The rewards of their stupidity...well deserved

K9113
K9113

This DA should be disbarred. What a joke. A true disgrace to her profession. I feel bad for the Deputies and Officers that work in Suffolk County. I honestly believe this will backfire in the worst way and eventually she will be run out of office. The sad fact of it all is that the crime rate will rise and many Officers and Deputies will be injured because perps will feel emboldened by this idiot DA’s refusal to prosecute them for resisting and obstructing so they will be even more willing to assault officers.

jaxholley
jaxholley

So there is no more rule of law.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

quote from article “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,” "Being convicted of criminal offenses create a lot of hardships for offenders",“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,” said Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed .

Rachel Rollins is now refusing to enforce laws which are primarily laws broken by blacks. Yet enforcing laws is one of the main reasons why she was elected. Bostonians in the Suffolk area need to draw as much negative attention as possible to her own extreme racial bias and get her out as this is not what she was elected to do. Daniel Medwed - does anyone really need to explain that this is why you obviously think before you act as actions can sometimes have negative consequences. Even a 10 year old can understand this and that is why you don't do something which can get you into trouble, ......but apparently so many blacks do not. This is a classic example of why you cannot trust blacks to be elected to positions of importance/authority. Examples of corruption are myriad due to not having emotional maturity and not remaining unbiased towards political/racial issues. They are prone to abuse their authority in promoting their own racial / social agendas. DA's are not elected to promote social causes. They are elected to enforce laws as they are written. Rachel Rollins and her neglecting her responsibilities and taking these actions are creating an even larger racial divide and an ever increasing resentment towards blacks in her own location and throughout this country. They should be treated the same as anyone...no worse ....and no better.

fellingburg
fellingburg

that oath of office - when swearing in - should be a doozy with all her exceptions she'll have to add in; however, the gov. may not be able to give her the oath, since she is obviously unable to comply with the oath-as written

CRESCENTSTAR
CRESCENTSTAR

When a defense attorney complains, you know it's bad. I bet she won't hesitate to prosecute the police who have to fight everyone resisting arrest. They elected the idiot, live with it.

rds40
rds40

So what will she tell the victims who watch the suspect go free?

Munk
Munk

And the police chief should make it known, that officer actions, during a resisting arrest episode, will no longer be questioned, or looked in to! Bring back the OLD days!!!

Dhitter
Dhitter

@THEDUKE you're a moron. Imagine the influx of criminals coming to the area just to shoplift...you are an idiot.

Knipp
Knipp

So, what's she going to do when someone breaks into her home because they are cold and tired, throw a drug party at 3am, threaten her with harm but not actually do anything, steal something of sentimental value but not monetarily valuable, and resist arrest when the cops shows up?!

angeleyes
angeleyes

can anyone say "The Purge", maybe she watched it and got a different message than anyone else. I hope everything she's not going to charge people with happen to her and hers.

BlueGladiator
BlueGladiator

This all, in her eyes, to go softer on blacks. The fact Obama and a Northwestern (located in Chicago) professor agree tell us all we need to know. That is the liberal ideology, enable black men to do what they want because too many go to jail. Well what about accountability and looking at the problems in the community that foster those criminal behaviors?!?!

BlueGladiator
BlueGladiator

She's a police/hating clown using her office to settle the score...

Oldmp
Oldmp

Perhaps the young men that get into trouble should have had parents that beat their azz when they got into trouble. At what point do you stop stupidity? If it is not against the law, can victims still sue the culprits?

So, if a person is cold or tired and walks into my house.....they will be cold and dead leaving my house! Who is at fault at this point??

Vinman
Vinman

Is she for real. I was under the belief that if the law was on the books, it had to be prosecuted. Would that not be judicial malfeasance.

auntdd1968
auntdd1968

So, it sounds like the victim will be the only one in trouble. I would stay armed in my home and shot to kill.

RPG156
RPG156

From now on, elected DAs should have to pass a mental evaluation...

turnergal5$
turnergal5$

“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,”. 😳 well maybe they shouldn’t break the law asshole!!!!! The audacity and stupidity of the ones who agree with this — Dumbama included — is appalling. The only thing this will do is continue to create a lawless society. But that’s what Dumbam wants anyway

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

As soon as she leaves her house let’s all go into it and watch tv. Heck she can’t do anything to us all we have to do is say we were cold. And if she doesn’t like it we can threaten her and she won’t do anything to us. This is a very deranged woman.

GSDLUVVA1
GSDLUVVA1

It will now give the Police an opportunity to be more "creative" with their charging of these idiot criminals... where they once just picked from a list of what was easy and would get these peeps in the system, now they will have to go for more extraneous charges... something that has MEAT, and WILL stick... I'm guessing, that sometimes, when the police only charged them with something i.e.: resisting arrest - that may have only carried a fine and little to no jail time, it was to get their attention...it sounds like this POS d.a. does NOT want to do what she was ELECTED to do...her J.O.B...sounds like she needs to be reminded that she works FOR the people!!! NOT her selfish wants/needs... like all "politicians"!!! liberal hack!!

spd522
spd522

Oh, you black? Here is your get out of jail free card.