Union: Prosecutor To Stop Issuing Warrants For Many Felonies, Including Rape

New St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell plans to do away with warrants for many "shockingly heinous" offenses.

Clayton, MO – The police union has spoken out and condemned the new St. Louis County prosecutor’s plan to stop issuing warrants for many “shockingly heinous offenses.”

Wesley Bell, the new prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County, released a memo on his first day in office that said prosecutors would issues summonses instead of warrants for Class D and E felonies, KSDK reported.

“The St. Louis County Police Association hopes that Mr. Bell reconsiders these changes which immediately impact St. Louis County’s most vulnerable people, specifically, women and children,” Joe Patterson, the president of the police union, wrote in a statement released Friday.

Under Bell’s proposed changes, prosecutors would no longer issue warrants when suspects commit second-degree rape, fourth-degree child molestation, sexual contact with a student, possession of child pornography, abuse/neglect of a child, second-degree burglary, and second-degree domestic assault, according to KSDK.

Instead, under Bell’s regime, prosecutors will issue summonses with court dates for those alleged offenders.

The police union’s statement said the abolishment of warrants for such “appalling crimes” places the citizens of St. Louis “at risk for repeat victimization.

“Law enforcement agencies throughout St. Louis County must now enforce the laws with one hand tied behind their backs,” Patterson said in the statement. “Many of the crimes for ‘summonses’ rather than arrest warrants includes shockingly heinous offenses.”

Bell’s changes do have some exceptions, according to KSDK.

If the victim of a misdemeanor has physical injuries or if the suspect is a danger to the victim, the prosecutor has the discretion to request a warrant or cash bond in lieu of issuing a summons.

Prosecutors will also have the same discretion with D and E felonies, KSDK reported.

If the suspect is considered a threat to the victim or a witness, if the suspect has more than one prior conviction involving the same victim, or if the suspect has failed to appear in court twice in the past two years, the prosecutor may request a warrant or cash bond.

However, the suspect’s failure to appear must have occurred as an effort to avoid prosecution, according to the prosecutor’s new plan.

Examples of what would merit a warrant included evading police upon arrest and using an alias in a police encounter, KSDK reported.

Furthermore, prosecutors will only file charges that they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt at the time of filing, instead of using the probable cause standard that is generally accepted nationwide.

The St. Louis County Police Association president’s memo said the union was looking forward to working with Bell and his entire staff, but implored them to reconsider their detrimental policy changes.

“We understand that Mr. Bell has a vision and that change is expected, but many of these new policies are a step backwards for every citizen in St. Louis County,” Patterson wrote.

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spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

"Just elect me an I'll let you walk if you get in trouble." Presumably a warrant is issued when they fail to show up.

CRESCENTSTAR
CRESCENTSTAR

This new wave of prosecutorial activism is going to get people killed. And I bet he wouldn't hesitate to ask for a warrant to arrest a cop.

pops0955
pops0955

WTF is wrong with this guy? Is he some kind of pedo?

Dot200
Dot200

Time to prosecute the prosecutors and judges who disobey the oath they swore to or we can turn out the lights. Political correctness has become an evil clown show.

Sailor
Sailor

By what authority can any prosecutor decide which laws will be followed and which laws will be disregarded?

1sam80
1sam80

This Prosecutor is a moron, No wonder St Louis is a Detroit in the making

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

Look at him, it is obvious he is an old school Commie and almost certainly a BLM type. St. Louis gets what it deserves.

angeleyes
angeleyes

could it be because a lot of his relatives have been "accused" or arrested for these types of crimes.

MrsS
MrsS

JBo said it, and I've been thinking it over more,and yep... St Louis is one of four US cities which is cited as one of the fifty most dangerous cities in the world. (Apparently that's mostly because of East St Louis) What better way to make your current administration look more effective, than to change the metrics by eliminating warrants for the most common violent crimes? The Obama administration changed the metrics for measuring unemployment...the current St Louis is taking a page from that playbook.

LEO0301
LEO0301

It seems many black prosecutors are taking this route. I wonder why?

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

Because George Soros is buying DA’s for this very purpose.

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

I’m sure this new chief “prosecutor” was sworn in to “preserve, protect, and defend” the laws of the State, so union leaders should be filing ethics complaints against them and ultimately request that the governor file suit and impeach them for removal.

Pat1978
Pat1978

Holy $#I+! I didn't know St Louis could get worse but there it is.

Pat1978
Pat1978

Uhhh... restorative justice or some BS. Or it might be cuz white privilege? SJW's are a very confused lot.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Blowback from letting Darren Wilson off scot-free.

Bilger11
Bilger11

On the bright side, as a father of three daughters, it makes it easier for me to get to the guy

Heatherlynn
Heatherlynn

He sure looks to me that he should be impeached for malfeasance.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Treat the crimes like they are no big deal and in time they can be eliminated from the books according to the gospel of sexual orientation.