Boston Mayor Michelle Wu supports not prosecuting shoplifting, larceny, disorderly conduct, receiving stolen property

May 29, 2024 | Democrats refusing to punish criminals

Any guess what will happen to the number of shoplifting and other crimes? Don’t people understand that this type of policy will increase the crime rate?

Then, Wu was asked whether she supported a do-not-prosecute list enacted by the former Suffolk County district attorney, Rachael Rollins.

DA Rollins enacted the policy memo identifying more than a dozen charges she said should be declined for prosecution. Those crimes included shoplifting, larceny, disorderly conduct, receiving stolen property, driving with a suspended license, breaking and entering with property damage, wanton and malicious destruction of property, threats, minor in possession of alcohol, marijuana possession, possession with intent to distribute, non-marijuana drug possession. . . .

Do you support the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office’s do-not-prosecute list and expanded approach to dealing with such low-level offenses? YES/ NO?” Progressive Mass asked.

“Yes,” Wu responded. . . .

Hannah Grossman, “Boston Democratic mayor says criminals should not be prosecuted for theft, gang registry should be abolished,” Fox News, May 29, 2024.

A copy of Wu’s candidate questionnaire is available here. Among the other questions that she was asked included:

Question: “Do you support ending information sharing between the Boston Police
Department and ICE? YES/ NO”
Answer: “Yes. This is part of the ordinance I’ve sponsored mentioned above.”

Question: “Do you support shuttering the Boston Police gang database? YES/ NO”
Answer: “Yes.”

Question: “Would you advocate for the reallocation of money from the Boston Police
Department budget to reinvestment in communities? YES/ NO If so, how much?”
Answer: “Yes. We need structural changes to ensure that we are reforming the 911 crisis
response system so that calls related to mental health and social services can go to the
appropriate departments; so that we fully fund our schools and remove police from
schools; and so that we are demilitarizing police. . . .”



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