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Stimpson's proposed ordinance would let police issue more citations, make fewer arrests

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Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said he plans to sponsor an ordinance to amend a current city code.

The amendment would enable police officers to issue a citation, instead of requiring a custodial arrest for certain arrests.

"I'm sponsoring an ordinance on this week's Council agenda to amend Chapter One of the City Code to enable sworn police officers to issue a citation, instead of requiring a custodial arrest, for nonviolent, non-drug related and non-alcohol offenses," Stimpson tweeted.

According to the mayor, his proposal has three objectives: to keep more officers on the street by not requiring nonviolent offenders to be arrested; to lower the jail population by writing citations instead of transporting nonviolent offenders to jail and to provide an alternative to incarceration prior to trial for citizens who are accused of non-violent municipal offenses.

Some residents FOX 10 spoke to liked the idea and some weren't so convinced of it.

"Right off the bat I thought, well that sounds bad," said Frank Little. "We have people out here that might not be on drugs or might not be hurting anybody but they are creating a disturbance."

"I think it's an excellent idea," said Kiplynn Underwood. "You don't need to be throwing people in just for the hell of it, excuse my French."

Frank Little spends quite a bit of time downtown and says they see a lot of crimes that fit into this category.

"There are times where, there are people on the street acting very erratic. They have problems, maybe they're yelling at people"

Once given Stimpson's reasons, residents were a bit more convinced of this plan. They said his objectives gave them a better understanding of why he wanted to make the changes.

 "I'd rather have more people, police on the street to take care of the crime that is the heavy stuff.. People getting robbed or murdered or whatever. It just makes people feel comfortable," said Underwood. "It keeps people who might not have too much from having to go through financial troubles that comes along with having to go to court and jail."

Mayor Stimpson says this ordinance will be included in the agenda at next week's council meeting.

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