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Rep. Val Demings, one of Biden’s potential running mate, on the shooting deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor

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Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., told Fox News that she is “absolutely honored to be on the list” of potential running mates for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I’ve worked extremely hard to try to improve the quality of life for people living in the greatest country in the world,” Demings told Fox News.  “I’ve tried to make my community stronger, safer and better, and I guess the vice president and others have taken a look at that work and we’ll see what happens.”

Demings has dedicated her life to being a public servant. She was a law enforcement officer of 27 years and became Orlando’s first female chief of police in 2007. In an interview with Fox News, Demings shared her insights into the shooting deaths of unarmed 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery and 26-year-old Louisville EMT Breonna Taylor.

Arbery was the Georgia jogger who was allegedy shot a white father Gregory McMichael, 64, and son Travis McMichael, 34, on February 23. The elder McMichael is a former police officer who spent nearly 40 years in the law enforcement field. For the entire month of March and April, Arbery’s family had to see Gregory and Travis McMichael walk freely around their Glynn County town.

“Justice has to be fair, but justice has to be swift,” said Demings. “I think it was a painful reminder to Ahmaud’s parents that their son, for some reason, deserved to lose his life in such a tragic way. … If you review the video, it is clear and convincing that there is enough probable cause to have made those arrests that day.”

Several days after Arbery’s death, Brunswick District Attorney Jackie Johnson recused her office from the case. Arbery’s case was then assigned to the Waycross District Attorney George Barnhill, who also recused himself. Barnhill did argue, however, against filing charges in a letter he sent to law enforcement prior to removing himself from the case. In the April 2 letter, he wrote, “It appears their intent was to stop and hold this criminal suspect until law enforcement arrived. Under Georgia law, this is perfectly legal.”

Demings noted that lawmakers must scrutinize the circumstances of the case, including the citizen’s arrest statute that Barnhill cited.

“This went all bad, and, we as a nation, have an obligation to do a complete and thorough investigation, not just in terms of the prosecution of the persons who murdered him, but also to look at our laws and change that which needs to be changed,” said Demings. “This is yet another critical moment for our nation; it’s another critical turning point, and we need to get it right.”

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Demings continued that local jurisdictions must also reevaluate their policies and procedures as they pertain to “no-knock” warrants, which allow police officers to enter certain premises without first knocking and announcing their presence or purpose before entering the premises. “No-knock” warrants are at the center of the police killing of Breonna Taylor.

“They’re extremely dangerous,” explained Demings. “They’re extremely high-risk, and this is just the tragedy that has occurred that obviously should not have occurred.”

The Louisville Metro Police Department police were reportedly advised to carry out a “no-knock” warrant on Taylor’s home as part of a drug investigation on a home 10 miles away. Neither Taylor nor her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were the investigation’s target or had any criminal history. Police shot Taylor eight times, and she died while they were executing the warrant.

“My advice at this point in the investigation would be to look at ‘no-knock’ warrants,” said Demings. “I understand, as a law enforcement officer, why they are done, and they’re done to make sure that evidence is not being destroyed. But human life, the preservation of human life, especially the life of the innocent, is the most important responsibility that we all have.”

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Walker was inside Taylor’s home when officers executed the warrant. According to a lawsuit filed by Taylor’s family, Walker shot at officers with his licensed weapon when they attempted to enter without announcing who they were and why they were there. Kentucky is a Castle Doctrine state and has a “stand your ground” law, but Walker was arrested and is facing charges of first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer.

“I’ll put it this way,” said Demings. “If I believed that someone was breaking into my house and there was no warning from the police, I would do everything within my power to defend myself and my family.”

Taylor’s case is currently being investigated by federal authorities. Demings said she is glad to hear that the Department of Justice is looking to see if hate crimes would be appropriate in this case. She noted, however, William Barr’s tenure as attorney general has been “disappointing.”

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“He’s done many questionable things since he has been with the Department of Justice, the second time around, which has been extremely disappointing,” explained Demings. “He’s been extremely disappointing as the attorney general because it does appear that if you are in his circle, then you’re above the law and that’s just plain wrong.”

For more insights from Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., on the Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor cases, watch the interview above.

Emily DeCiccio is a reporter and video producer for Fox News Digital Originals. Tweet her @EmilyDeCiccio.  

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Florida police break up massive block party, officers pelted with glass bottles, bar stool

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A massive block party over the weekend in Florida turned violent after police officers were pelted with glass bottles, a bar stool, and other objects while arresting two men seen exchanging a firearm.

The incidents – some of which were captured on video released by police — unfolded early Sunday as the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was trying to disperse a crowd of around 1,500 who were blocking streets in DeLand.

“The behavior that occurred here overnight was dangerous, senseless, unacceptable and an embarrassment to our community,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “None of it will deter law enforcement from coming back when we’re needed.”

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Police in Florida say they made several arrests while breaking up a block party in DeLand. (Volusia County Sheriff’s Office)

Police say shortly after midnight, deputies that had arrived at the large gathering observed two men exchanging a firearm. Then, when one of the individuals was told to drop the weapon, he threw it away and tried to flee, they add.

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Officers eventually recovered the loaded Ruger 9mm and arrested 37-year-old Charles Turner, whom they described as having a lengthy criminal history with 18 prior convictions. He now is facing two counts of possession of a weapon/ammunition by a convicted felon and inciting a riot, among other charges.

The other man allegedly involved in the exchange – Alphonso Parker, 27 – was arrested on similar charges.

“After securing Turner and Parker, two deputies were hit with a cup of alcohol. While the person who threw it was being taken into custody, one of the deputies was sucker-punched by another male subject who immediately fled the area,” the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said. “Another deputy and DeLand PD officer were hit with a barstool and mason jar by other members of the crowd who immediately fled. Glass bottles were also being thrown at patrol vehicles in the street while arrests were being made.”

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The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says around 1,500 people gathered for the event. (Volusia County Sheriff’s Office)

The chaos left a Volusia officer with a minor knee injury, while a DeLand officer suffered a minor head injury, authorities say.

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“Overall, deputies conducted 12 traffic stops, issued five citations, towed five vehicles, made seven arrests, recovered two firearms, some narcotics and $3,840 in cash,” Volusia Sheriff spokesman Andrew Gant told the West Volusia Beacon.

Florida’s health department currently is advising against holding gatherings of more than 250 people during the coronavirus pandemic, as they “offer more opportunities for person-to-person contact and therefore pose greater risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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New Jersey state troopers help deliver baby on the side of the highway

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This was one special pit stop in New Jersey.

Two of its state troopers are being commended after helping a Tennessee woman deliver a baby girl on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike over the weekend.

“We hear about those tragic deaths, which they are every day, but I was just glad to report something good,” Col. Patrick Callahan, the state police superintendent, said at the state’s daily coronavirus briefing Saturday.

Callahan said the Memphis woman was driving cross country with her husband when she went into labor.

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The vehicle she was traveling in then pulled over on the turnpike at Interchange 8A and called for help. Troopers Robert Murray and Pierre Noel from the Cranbury station responded and helped deliver the baby girl with the help of Monroe Township emergency medical personnel, Callahan said.

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The newborn is the mother’s fifth child, Callahan added.

“Talk about welcome to New Jersey,” Gov. Phil Murphy said. “That is a great story. God bless them all.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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New video shows Ahmaud Arbery chased for 4 minutes by father and son who shot him: lawyer

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Ahmaud Arbery, the Georgia jogger gunned down by a white father and son with links to local law enforcement, was chased for more than four minutes by the duo and a neighbor who filmed the incident before he was shot and killed, an attorney for Arbery’s family said.

Lawyer Lee Merritt confirmed Monday that the new video shows William Bryan, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, chasing the unarmed black man for several minutes in the quiet Satilla Shores neighborhood near Brunswick, Ga., before opening fire.

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The case was thrust into the spotlight after a cellphone video allegedly shot by Bryan showing the Feb. 23 killing surfaced on social media, prompting outrage against the local authorities.

The investigation idled as the Glynn County Police Department largely looked the other away after Arbery’s death.

Two and a half months later, the video surfaced and ignited demands for justice.

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Merritt told Fox News the amount of time local authorities sat on evidence was staggering and underscored simmering prejudices in the coastal Georgia town.

“No family should wait 10 weeks for an arrest,” he said. “That was extremely exhausting for the family. They began to lose hope.”

Both Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in Arbery’s death earlier this month, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The GBI was called in to investigate only after the initial video had been leaked. It took the GBI fewer than 48 hours to make the arrests.

“I can’t answer what another agency did or didn’t see but I can tell you that, based on our involvement in the case, considering the fact that we hit the ground running Wednesday morning and within 36 hours, we had secured warrants for two individuals for felony murder,” GBI Director Vic Reynolds said. “I think that speaks volumes for itself and that probable cause was clear to our agents pretty quickly.”

According to the initial police report, Gregory and Travis McMichael told police that they pursued Arbery because they believed he was the suspect in recent break-ins.

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The attorneys for both men said last week that there is more to the story than meets the eye and that evidence would come out in a courtroom clearing both men, though they declined to answer what that evidence might be.

Unlike the McMichaels, Bryan was not arrested, though Merritt and Arbery’s mother have called for his arrest.

Bryan has claimed he was being a good samaritan by filming Arbery’s death, though that description has come under heavy scrutiny.

“He is a liar,” Merritt argued, adding that Bryan had changed his story from telling the police he was trying to trap Arbery to now “launching a campaign to clear his name.”

“If he was a good Samaritan, he would have honked his horn. It’s worth noting that on the video, he doesn’t even flinch. He doesn’t gasp. Shot after shot. He simply takes it all in,” Merritt told Fox News.

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Arbery’s mother Wanda Cooper-Jones also told Fox she isn’t buying the good neighbor defense.

“Why would you videotape it? Why didn’t he do anything to help? Why didn’t he reach out right after the shooting? Why did he only come forward after the video was leaked?” she said during a telephone interview.

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Utah officer allegedly kept, shared explicit extortion photos of murdered college track star: report

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A Utah cop kept explicit photos of a terrified college track star who was being sextorted by her ex — and showed them off to a colleague just days before the young athlete was murdered, according to his force and a damning report Sunday.

University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey, 21, went to campus cops in October 2018 because she was so scared of her blackmailer — twisted ex Melvin Rowland, 37, a registered sex offender — she had already paid an initial $1,000 demand, the Salt Lake Tribune said.

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Officer Miguel Deras then saved the explicit images onto his personal phone, showing at least one male colleague — and bragging about being able to ogle them at any time, according to the Tribune’s investigation.

Just nine days after she reported the case, McCluskey was shot dead by Rowland — who then killed himself the same day.

“The people who were supposed to be helping and protecting Lauren were actually exploiting her,” the murdered student’s outraged mother, Jill McCluskey, told the paper.

“I wish that Deras had used his time to arrest the man who was committing crimes against Lauren.”

McCluskey’s parents had last year already filed a $56 million lawsuit over the police handling of the case. An independent review found Deras did little to investigate the case even when the victims reported attempts to lure her out of her dorm, the paper said.

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“This latest revelation makes me wonder when we’ll hit bottom,” her father, Matt McCluskey, told the Tribune.

One of Deras’ colleagues confirmed to campus police that Deras had shown him an image, the force admitted to the Tribune, which said it also spoke to another officer who had overheard the initial conversations.

Deras — who later resigned and now works for Logan police, 85 miles away — did not respond to several requests for comment, the paper said.

While confirming the claim, university police insisted it was not reported at the time — and only came to light when the Tribune started making requests for records.

“He was long gone before we had any inkling that that incident with the photo being shown had occurred,” Lt. Jason Hinojosa told the paper.

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The officer who saw the image was not disciplined because he had not asked to see it, Hinojosa said. Data later downloaded from Deras’ phone was either corrupted or from after the McCluskey investigation, the paper said.

Maj. Scott Stephenson, who oversees all police training in the state under the Utah Department of Public Safety, said it could be grounds for action against Deras’ police certification.

“It’s very alarming to me,” Stephenson told the Tribune, suggesting it might be a “policy violation” for having not been reported earlier.

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De Blasio: NYC health commissioner won’t be fired despite crass remarks about NYPD’s coronavirus mask requests

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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said Sunday he hopes to “move forward together” with his health commissioner despite days of backlash after reports that she made disparaging remarks about police officers.

De Blasio said during his daily coronavirus briefing that he had spoken to Dr. Oxiris Barbot “to clear the air on some of the recent issues” and that she would remain in the role she’s held since 2018.

Barbot drew ire from lawmakers and police officials alike after the New York Post reported she told NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan, who wanted more masks for officers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, “I don’t give two rats’ a–es about your cops,” during a phone conversation in March.

Several officials urged de Blasio to fire her and police union president Patrick Lynch called her remarks “despicable and unforgivable.”

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A health department spokesman said Thursday that Barbot apologized to the chief for her contribution to “a heated exchange between the two where things were said out of frustration, but no harm was wished on anyone.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Hate crime in America: One-sided reporting, misrepresented facts don’t help

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You will have heard by now of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old black man shot dead on a street in Brunswick, Ga., in February. Prosecutors initially declined to press charges in the case, saying that the alleged perpetrators, a white father and son, Gregory and Travis McMichael, had used legitimate force. Then video surfaced of the incident in which the unarmed black man is seen running down the street, seems to be confronted by the McMichaels, and is shot at point-blank range by the men, both of whom have now been charged with murder.

You probably haven’t heard of Paul and Lidia Marino. The couple, 86 and 85 years old, were shot dead a week ago while visiting a veterans’ cemetery in Bear, Del., where their son, who died in 2017, is buried. The authorities have so far been unable to establish a motive for the killing, but they identified a suspect, Sheldon Francis, a 29-year-old black man, later found dead after an exchange of fire with the police.

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As far as I can tell, from news databases and online searches, other than local newspapers and TV, and a brief story by the New York Post, the death of the Marinos, who were white, has gone as unremarked as their lives. Mr. Arbery’s death, by contrast, has become one of those crimes that some who control our public discourse have decided is a “teachable moment.”

Millions of words have been devoted to exploring and explaining the moral of the killing. It has been widely described as a “lynching.” We have been reminded once again of the prevalence of unequal and violent treatment of minorities. We’ve been told once again that the killing reflects the daily reality of life in America for young blacks. This teaching moment has turned into a continuous, ubiquitous lecture series on the unalterably racist nature of America.

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We don’t yet know the full facts behind either of these killings. Mr. Arbery’s certainly looked ugly, and whatever his killers and some neighbors allege he may have been doing on that street on a sunny afternoon, he clearly did not deserve to be gunned down. We will learn no doubt soon whether his killers did indeed have racist motives.

Perhaps, meanwhile, the murder of the Marinos was a random act of violence, a deranged killer, a robbery that savagely escalated. But whatever the motive, I’d be willing to wager a small fortune that we won’t hear much more about it.

This story continues in The Wall Street Journal.

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NYC shootings spike nearly 200 percent this week compared to same time last year

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Gunmen aren’t social distancing.

Shootings in the city soared 188 percent this week — from eight to 23 — compared to the same period last year, while murders doubled from four to eight, police sources told The Post.

The gunplay involved 29 victims. Five shootings erupted within two hours of each other Saturday, the sources said. Overnight, seven people were shot.

Warm weather and fewer people in isolation might be behind the rising body count, experts say.

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“More people are out on the streets, patience is waning in stay at home orders and look at all of the convicts that are back on the street,” said Joseph Giacalone, a former NYPD detective sergeant who teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “No jobs, no school, and no playgrounds are a recipe for disaster.”

The terrifying overnight timeline:

On Saturday at 12:50 a.m. at 108-02 Guy Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens, Michael Navarette, 22, was shot once in the head and Zachary Andrews, 28, was hit once in his left leg by an unknown gunman. Both men were taken to Jamaica Hospital. Navarette was in critical condition and Andrews was stable, police sources said.

Around the same time in East Flatbush, at 2401 Newkirk Avenue, Jasiah Joseph, 22, was shot once in the left leg by two men who fled the scene in a silver Mercedes-Benz and a black Dodge Challenger. The shooting victim was taken by EMS to Kings County Hospital.

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At 1:09 a.m., at 80 East 110th Street, Ashley Santiago, 27, was shot once in her left leg and Sean Sanchez, 29, was hit once in his right arm by an unknown assailant, who ran off. Both victims were taken by EMS  to Saint Luke’s Hospital.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m. in East New York, at 2211 Pitkin Ave., Tyrone Dicks, 23, was fighting for his life after being shot once in the abdomen. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital. The gunman ran off.

About five minutes later, at 112-53 Dillon Street, Kobe Ruffin, 17, was shot once in the chest by an unknown assailant in Jamaica. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital.

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Acting DHS Secretary Wolf: We honor heroic law officers who died in the line of duty protecting us all

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Few people may realize that the Department of Homeland Security is the nation’s largest law enforcement organization, with about one-third of our 240,000 employees serving as peace officers and nearly 70 percent performing law enforcement functions.

As the leader of this department, I have a special admiration and appreciation for those who put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities and our nation.

Every year, DHS joins each of the over 18,000 other law enforcement organizations from across the country for Police Week, which concluded Saturday.

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Over the course of seven days, we honor and reflect upon the men and women of law enforcement who lost their lives in the line of duty the year before. We not only reflect upon their heroic sacrifice – we commemorate their remarkable lives as well.

This year, as the deadly COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep through our country, Police Week went virtual in order to mitigate the risk of further spread.

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The fact that we couldn’t be together physically was an important reminder for Americans to pay thanks to the men and women who wear the uniform each day, risking their own health and safety to protect our communities. Due to the very nature of police work, social distancing isn’t always an option for our nation’s law enforcement heroes.

This fact makes me even more proud of our own officers and agents from Customs and Border Protection, the Secret Service, the Federal Protective Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Coast Guard, and the Transportation Security Administration. They are still on the frontlines to protect our borders, waterways, skyways, facilities, currency, cyberspace, and so much more.

Each of these components has law enforcement officers working around the clock to support the Trump administration’s Whole of America response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For example, CBP officers and agents are standing watch at our ports of entry – and along the often unforgiving terrain between them – to stop the travel-related spread of the coronavirus and keep non-citizens from impacted areas from entering the country.

ICE Homeland Security Investigations agents are carrying out Operation Stolen Promise, targeting unscrupulous criminals attempting to exploit the pandemic to peddle counterfeit – and often dangerous – medical supplies.

And the Secret Service is leading the charge to combat cyber-enabled financial crimes related to the coronavirus, disrupting criminals and helping protect the vulnerable.

I want to thank all of these brave men and women who continue to fight on the frontlines of this pandemic and all of our other law enforcement personnel who continue to serve each and every day.

Sadly, there are inherent risks associated with the job of a law enforcement officer, and some make the ultimate sacrifice each year.

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During this year’s police week, DHS memorialized three of these outstanding officers: Border Patrol Agent Donna Doss, whose watch ended on Feb. 2, 2019; Border Patrol Agent Robert Hotten, whose watch ended on Oct. 6 last year; and Federal Air Marshal Michele Paul, whose watch ended Nov. 7, 2018.

The names of these three will join the more than 22,000 other law enforcement officers included on the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Wall in Washington.

Agents Doss and Hotten and Air Marshal Paul exhibited the dedication, selfless service and integrity that has come to define who we are as a department and a nation.

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While their loss is tragic, it is also a reminder and an opportunity for us to celebrate and appreciate the law enforcement officials who serve us every day.

“In valor there is hope” is inscribed on the marble walls of the police memorial in Washington. By reflecting upon the valor displayed by each of those lost in the line of duty, we can certainly find hope as a nation, especially in these trying times.

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California sheriff says $0 bail policy flies in the face of her four decade career in law enforcement, ignores victims

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The zero-cash bail emergency mandate in California, which has led to reduced prison populations to reduce the spread of COVID-19, ignores victims and favors criminals, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims asserted Friday night

Appearing on “The Ingraham Angle”, Mims told host Laura Ingraham that the mandate was a de facto get-out-of-jail-free card.

As of Thursday, there were 711 suspected criminals released in the Golden State on $0 bail and 87 inmates had ended up back in police custody.

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Mims explained that there are two reasons California would set bail at $0.

“First of all, it was to reduce the population in jails and to reduce the incidence of COVID infecting inmates without taking into consideration what counties had already done to fix that problem. And, the second reason was to put out arraignment dates. When someone is in custody, they must be arraigned within a few hours. When they’re not in custody, they can set that date out. Now that courts are pretty much closed…they need that extra time for arraignments for people who are arrested,” she stated.

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As the pandemic quickly spread throughout the country, state and local officials’ concern shifted to crowded prisons, where inmates not only live in close proximity to one another, but share laundries, baths, and communal eating areas.

The United States has 2.3 million inmates in about 5,000 jails and prisons across the country. According to the Bureau of Justice, nearly 200,000 people 55 and older are behind bars.

As of mid-April, over 16,000 inmates had been released nationwide, due to the virus.

But, Mims argues that this policy does more harm to the justice system than it does good.

“This is $0 bail which means many people who are arrested for auto theft, assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to commit great bodily injury, elder abuse, child abuse: they automatically get released from California jails with a citation to appear,” she noted.

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It’s an oversight Mims believes “flies in the face of anything in [her] 41 years of law enforcement.”

“It has nothing to do with public safety,” she concluded. “It has everything to do with ignoring victims and giving inmates and people [who] commit [a] crime a free pass.”

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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