Avoid Making Non-Violent Arrests - And Response (2)

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Wouldn't it make sense to altogether suspend making arrests for non-violent offenses during this time of uncertainty of this virus outbreak? Some people, like the NBA player who tested positive, are symptom free and showed no signs of even having the virus, while others have shown only mild signs that could be mistaken for an allergy, sinus or simple cold. 

According to the the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Fulton County, Ga. has begun releasing its non-violent pre-trial offenders after being warned by health officials the coronavirus could rapidly spread through detention facilities. 

Just a thought, after reading about the East Ridge man brought to Hamilton County jail on a non-violent charge, showing possible signs of the virus. 

Brenda Washington 

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Or maybe it should be motivation for criminals not to break the law so they don’t run the risk of being arrested and put in general population.  Would that not be a better solution and make society a better place all in one breath? 

I would love to see the day when our boys in Blue actually get bored of working the streets of Chattanooga. 

I know, wishful thinking.   

Chris Morgan

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Ms. Washington, all non violent offenders should be released in your neighborhood while hopefully not harming you in any way as they take your money, jewelry and prized personal possessions. 

Since they are non-violent you may want to offer all a cup of coffee and slice of pie.

Michael G. Mansfield


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