NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A New York State judge on Friday ruled that NYPD can now keep any peaceful protestors arrested for curfew and criminal looters detained for over 24 hours, given these are extraordinary times.
"It’s a crisis within a crisis," Judge James Burke said. "All writs are denied, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan."
Legal Aid Marlen Bodden had previously spoke out againt police for holding detainees for over than 24 hours, saying "they have no excuse for not processing them."
"The reason they are doing it is because the people are protesting police brutality," Bodden said.
Judge Burke ruled in favor of the NYPD because of the coronavirus pandemic. "Therefore, I find it is necessary because we are in a crisis caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic which prevents live arraignments, which in turn requires virtual arraignment which causes delay."