LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles police union is criticizing how the state classifies former inmates after a parolee was arrested on suspicion of deliberately ramming a stolen van into a motorcycle police officer.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League said in a statement that Alexander Diaz should not have been classified as nonviolent.
Diaz was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles after he allegedly stole a van and accelerated into the Fremont officer, who suffered serious injuries.
The league says 36-year-old Diaz had a prior grand theft conviction.
His nonviolent classification meant he could become a “non-revocable” parolee, meaning he went unsupervised after his February release from prison.
State corrections officials had no immediate comment.
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