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Idaho Supreme Court's misdemeanor ruling nets reaction from law enforcement, advocacy groups

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Idaho Supreme Court's misdemeanor ruling nets reaction from law enforcement, advocacy groups

Idaho Supreme Court's misdemeanor ruling nets reaction from law enforcement, advocacy groups

The Idaho Supreme Court says law enforcement officers can't arrest someone for a misdemeanor unless they have a warrant or actually saw the crime being committed.

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Idaho Supreme Court's misdemeanor ruling nets reaction from law enforcement, advocacy groups

In news from north idaho the idaho supreme court said yesterday that if an officer doesn't see a misdemeanor crime actually being committed- they can't make an arrest without a warrant.

Today-north idaho law enforcement agencies told us..

That means big changes for the way they do their jobs.

Kxly 4's caroline rourke explains.

On cam: the case at question in state vs clarke..

Involved drugs..

But local authorites and advocacy groups say this new ruling..

Could have major impacts..

On victims of any crime- 59:02 big change the idaho supreme court ruled that unless a law enforcement officer sees a misdemeanor crime being committed- they can't make an arrest without a warrant.

Here's an example.

00:29 drunk off his mind a decision that sparked quick reaction from local law enforcement in north idaho.

1:00 handcuffed law enforcement they do still have some options- they can issue a citation or ask for that warrant 8:13 warrantless arrests but that process takes time- and both law enforcement and local advocacy groups worry how this ruling will affect victims. 12:09 trauma that goes for all crimes- but especially for victims of domestic violence- issuing a misdemeanor arrest has been used as a way to separate perpetrators from their victims..

And defuse the threat of violence.

4:22 back in time without a misdemeanor arrest- theres no court appearance- and a judge won't be able to place a no contact order.

2:39 no contact , victim would have to get themselves it won't keep them from helping crime victims- but it will change the way they go about it.

12:46 still here for you on cam: if you or anyone you know is in need of services you can access help by calling the number on your screen 3 screen number on your screen.




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