INDY FOP STATEMENT ON DECISION OF ACTING PROSECUTOR TO NOT PROSECUTE CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS
Updated On: Sep 30, 2019
INDY FOP STATEMENT ON DECISION OF ACTING PROSECUTOR TO NOT PROSECUTE CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS:
"Today we learned of the decision of the Acting Prosecutor to not prosecute misdemeanor violations of possession of marijuana in Marion County.
Our collective rank and file had no prior indication of this decision and we are trying to ascertain if others within the criminal justice community and city county government were aware of this move beforehand.
Such an across the board decision not only impacts our local community, but has implications for jurisdictions throughout our region and state.
While we recognize and value prosecutorial discretion, our law enforcement officers have significant concerns anytime a single person elects to unilaterally not enforce a state law as a matter of practice or policy.
We are attempting to better understand the basis for this decsion and any potential unintended outcomes.
In the interim, it is our understanding the IMPD Chief of Police has directed Officers to continue to enforce the laws as proscribed by the State of Indiana and we strongly concur."