New York District Attorneys Vow Not To Prosecute Social Distancing Arrests

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Following videos of violent confrontations and complaints that the NYPD was unfairly targeting people of color, four of New York City's five district attorneys are vowing not to prosecute social distancing arrests

According to Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, this should not be the NYPD's job.

"Any time other systems in our society doesn't work, the default becomes NYPD and the district attorney. And that has got to stop," Clark said. "Why should somebody get a criminal record for this?"

Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz says social distancing just isn't a criminal justice issue.

"In the same way that we aren't prosecuting for a lot of low-level offenses, we're not prosecuting for this," Katz said.

Clark and Katz are joining their counterparts in Manhattan and Brooklyn in choosing not to prosecute any social distancing arrests that come their way.

"Continuing to prosecute ourselves out of this crisis is not the answer," Katz said. "We literally don't want this health crisis to turn into and fuel the criminal justice system."