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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  1. Concerned says:

    This state is a joke when it comes to crime. Hug a thug state is going to destroy everyones safety. This is what happens when democrats run everything. I wish all the law makers could live in a crime ridden area for a year and see what the criminals are doing to people. Maybe, just maybe they will have a change of heart and punish all these useless human beings.

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