Ramsey County attorney says he won't prosecute most felonies arising from low-level traffic stops
September 9, 2021
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi on Wednesday announced that his office will no longer prosecute most felony cases arising from low-level traffic stops, an effort aimed at reducing racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
Choi rolled out the new policy, which he described as a nation-leading collaboration between the county and cities within its jurisdiction, with the stated hope of building trust between law enforcement and communities of color. In St. Paul, Black motorists are four times more likely to be pulled over than white motorists, he said.
"We do not want to incentivize that type of policing," Choi said at a news conference Wednesday.