Jack Levin, a pro­fessor of crim­i­nology and soci­ology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, said the officer’s judg­ment ­appeared sound.

I think if he had just ­allowed the commissioner’s son to drive on, it would have been a lot worse, espe­cially if he had had an acci­dent,” said Levin. The officer “pro­tected motorists; he pro­tected the driver he stopped. The ques­tion is why didn’t; why did he not arrest him?”

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