If there is no victim, the police should NOT treat the matter as a crime. NO VICTIM, NO CRIME. Being a police officer is one of the most difficult and dangerous jobs in the world. They should focus on the bad guys who hurt someone or take people’s stuff. That is why, as Attorney General, I will ask every police chief and every police officer to use his or her discretion while enforcing the law. If there is no immediate victim, we should not waste our time arresting, prosecuting and punishing our friends and neighbors.
Murder, rape, theft and robbery have occasionally been on the rise in this state. Rarely can police officers be on the scene during such a crime. They depend upon us to assist in their investigation. Helping them should sound easy; it’s not. Criminals can be very scary and dangerous people even if you are the victim. If your total experience with the police is being stopped for speeding, drugs, stop and frisk or some other victimless nonsense, it is hard to see the police as your friend and neighbor. NO VICTIM, NO CRIME means increasing the chances that we work together on the important stuff.