Mayor Pushes for Decriminalization of Multiple Crimes

( – Calls to “defund the police” echoed across the country as liberal politicians and district attorneys attempted to exploit George Floyd’s tragic death in 2020. Several Democratic-led cities slashed law enforcement budgets, and prosecutors initiated alternative sentencing guidelines. As a result, crime spiraled out of control, and citizens voted out several of those leftist officials. It appears the progressive mayor of Boston didn’t get the message and is pushing to decriminalize multiple crimes.

News outlets recently exploded after the contents of a 2021 Boston Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire circulated by a progressive non-profit group emerged and the responses given by then-City Councilwoman Michelle Wu (D). She assumed office as Boston’s Mayor in November 2021.

Several of Wu’s responses to questions about her views on the role of law enforcement officials and the district attorney’s office warrant deep concern for Bostonians who support law and order. For instance, the then-39-year-old mayoral candidate said she supported a now-infamous “do-not-prosecute” list created by former Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, a Democrat and second-generation American.

Rollins’ 66-page policy memorandum detailed her office’s plan to emphasize “declination or diversion” practices when dealing with “low-level, non-violent offenses.” In other words, she directed her team to refuse to prosecute certain petty crimes or divert the suspects’ cases into programs outside the courts’ review.

The memo listed 15 charges for Rollins’ prosecutors to ignore, claiming they were “most commonly driven by poverty, substance abuse…and other social problems” instead of criminal intent. They included some frightening charges like wanton or malicious destruction of property, making credible threats of violence, non-marijuana drug possession, and resisting arrest.

Wu also said she supported shutting down the Boston Police Department’s (BPD) gang database. She also indicated that she believed that BPD officers had affiliations or sympathies toward white supremacist groups and said she supported firing any BPD employees who were “involved with the January 6 Capitol insurrection.”

So far, Wu has taken an indirect approach to decriminalizing certain offenses. For instance, she’s taken steps to divert funds from the BPD and District Attorney’s Office to programs dealing with migrants, poverty, and drug addiction. Likewise, Wu has supported progressive district attorney candidates and individuals running for public office.

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