Officials of New York City may like to say that their crime rates are dropping… but when looking at recent headlines, the average person has to stop to wonder — are fewer crimes being committed or have they just changed their definition of what a crime really is?
For example, take this story from a few weeks ago where a New York City man was waiting on a subway platform when he was attacked and thrown onto the tracks and just barely avoided being hit by an oncoming train.
Source say the unidentified victim was standing on the platform awaiting the arrival of a train around 1 a.m. According to Fox News,
“The victim told police he was waiting on the northbound platform when a man began making anti-gay statements to him and then attempted to hit him with a hammer — but missed.”
Police stated that, “the individual continued to struggle with the victim and threw him onto the train track.”
After throwing the victim onto the tracks, authorities say the attacker fled the train station.
Thankfully for the victim there were other individuals also waiting for the train who were able to signal an oncoming train operator to slow down and stop, while others helped the man back up onto the platform.
According to the NYPD, the victim “was transported to Saint Barnabas Hospital where he was treated for lacerations and contusions to his head.”
Currently the NYPD’s hate-crime task force is investigating the incident, and have released a sketch of the suspect. Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the individual.
So, in an instance such as this – a seemingly unprovoked attack on an innocent bystander, are New York City’s crimes really dropping or perhaps its easier to hide crimes from the statistics by reclassifying them as something else?
"Is it really asking too much for the Legislature to 1) look carefully at each specific “reform,” & 2) fully engage with the law-enforcement community, rather than just signing off on a wish list from folks focused exclusively on one part of the equation?"https://t.co/TaJ6Fvmmim
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) December 4, 2019
Currently New York City is in the midst of a huge “criminal justice reform” overhaul. According to a number of sources, these changes are being fueled by aggressively progressive legal-aid groups.
A New York Post editorial states that these “reform groups” are pushing “the Legislature for everything from marijuana legalization to more restraints on police, as well as a softening of anti-prostitution laws and new early-release rules for older felons.”
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It goes on to explain that,
“yes, the list includes some good (or at least defensible) ideas. But the current Legislature seems all too likely to simply give “reformers” everything they ask — without any input from the law-enforcement community.”
That seems like a huge red flag not to at least get some sort of input from the community that will largely be tasked with handling all of the issues that come with any type of “criminal justice reform”.
One of the most frightening of these “criminal justice reforms” removes the discretion of judges to require bail.
Yes, you read that right.
On January 1, 2020 judges will be restricted from what cases they can set bail for. Touted as “bail reform,” there are some very concerning instances where bail will not be required – and it was all part of the criminal justice “reform” that was rushed through the New York City Legislature this year.
According to the New York Post, “Starting Jan. 1, judges can’t require bail unless the charges involve a handful of violent crimes. So even a perp with a violent record can’t be jailed pending trial for charges such as first-degree stalking.
Other offenses that will only mean a desk-appearance ticket for the accused include second-degree manslaughter, second-degree robbery, second-degree (residential) burglary, selling a gun to a minor, jury tampering and making a terroristic threat.”
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Our judges will be forced to release those arrested for these crimes & many more — making it harder to keep NYC safe. It’s due to bail reform legislation beginning Jan. 1. https://t.co/XnLacGQgsv @PIX11News
— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) September 19, 2019
Understandably, the NYC law enforcement community has been rocked by these new reforms.
Some of the aforementioned offenses are extremely serious to only warrant a desk-appearance, especially for those that have violent criminal history. It seems like it would just be a never-ending revolving door in and out of jail and the court rooms.
These reforms don’t seem to be doing much to assist in the safety of the law-abiding citizens of New York City. When a victim knows that their perpetrator will just be released back into society what will prompt anyone to call the police for the initial incident? What stops that perpetrator for going back after their victim once they are released from jail?
Critics agree that crime rates will skyrocket under this new “reform”, and will only create further work and difficulties for those trying to keep the crime rates low – the police and the prosecutors.
On Jan 1st,when the new bail reform law takes effect,defendants charged with producing, directing or promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child will be arraigned & set free.Our elected leaders are putting kids in harm’s way by making child porn a bail-free crime pic.twitter.com/XsKCekEZLl
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) December 2, 2019
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