Law Enforcement Union Announces Police Will No Longer Arrest Women
On Tuesday, Margaret Simpson, spokesperson for the Law Enforcement Union of America held a press conference to announce an historic policy change. “While much of the country has heard the phrase, ‘a woman can do what she wants with her own body,’ we are the first community to act upon it. As of today, police officers will no longer arrest women no matter the circumstances.”
Some see this news as a great achievement for women. Gloria Steinem was quoted as saying, “This has been a long time coming. Some of us have been saying that no one should tell women what they can and can’t do with their own bodies for over 50 years. Up until now it has only been a message for a protest placard. But now it is a functional reality.”
The move by the law enforcement community is stirring up controversy. Women’s rights lawyers are concerned that work will eventually dry up as women are not held legally accountable for crimes. Steinem says that this is not an urgent concern as there are currently over 200,000 women incarcerated in prisons around the country who need to be released post haste.