He was skipping bail when he viciously attacked a Port Authority cop. And immediately after he was locked up for the assault, a judge let him walk out of jail again.
New York City, which earned a reputation as tough on crime under former mayor Rudy Giuliani but has seen a spike in crime under anti-cop mayor Bill de Blasio, continues to prove that feel-good policies and insignificant bail practices have emboldened criminals.
Musa Williams, 25 of Maryland was arrested last week on a fugitive warrant for leaving the city after being charged with criminal mischief in September. However, a judge ordered Williams released without bail.
A mere two days later, Williams decided to attack a Port Authority police officer, resulting in serious injuries to the officer, including a broken nose and lacerated eyeball. The attack occurred at the Midtown bus stop.
Williams was charged with assault and was held on $5,000 bail. However, that did not sit well with the president of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association.
“What was Judge Tsai’s logic, setting bail at $5,000, on a thug who brutally attacked a Port Authority police officer?” President Paul Nunziato said.
Nunziato praised the officer, identified as Richard Mills, for his training and ability to defend himself.
“Thankfully we will not be attending another police officer’s funeral,” he continued.
Williams, a career criminal, has a lengthy record in Maryland. He was originally arrested on August 7 on felony criminal mischief charges relative to vandalism to two ticket machines and several credit card readers, making them inoperable.
Judge Laurie Peterson ignored the request of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for a $10,000 bail, instead opting for release without bail. Peterson has a history of releasing dangerous criminals, so this was par for the course.
“What was Judge Tsai’s logic, setting bail at $5,000, on a thug who brutally attacked a Port Authority police officer?" Nunziato asked Tuesday. “Officer Mills is highly trained and was able to defend himself. Thankfully we will not be attending another police officer’s funeral."
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In 2016, Peterson, a former Legal Aid supervising attorney, released one Karl Bazemore from custody without bail. His crime? An unprovoked attack on an innocent woman walking with her husband. The District Attorney surprisingly only asked for a $1000 bail. Peterson decided he was a worthy candidate for no bail, despite a lengthy criminal record of 31 arrests dating back to 1979.
For her part, Peterson also ignored the fact that Bazemore was deemed a flight risk with “high” probability and the fact that he had previously missed several court dates. In fact the New York Criminal Justice Agency, which vets all defendants prior to arraignment, determined that he was “not recommended” to be released without bail.
Less than 24 hours later, Bazemore took a box-cutter and slashed the face of 24-year-old Amanda Morris, who required seven stitches to close the wound. To add injury to insult, he is suspected in seven other similar attacks since September.
In justifying Bazemore’s release, Peterson bought into the defense attorney’s claim that Bazemore was “an artist with strong community ties.”
Attacks on police officers have escalated in the Big Apple as criminals have grown more brazen given anti-police rhetoric nationwide and among Democrat presidential candidates, including former candidate and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
In a high profile incident this past July, NYPD officers were doused with buckets of water while onlookers watched. The officers, no doubt aware of the anti-police sentiment permeating Gracie Mansion, did nothing. While de Blasio “condemned” the incident, police blamed the “political climate” for the incident.
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Last month, two Brooklyn officers were attacked while trying to arrest a man for drinking in public. The suspect, identified as Bryan Williams, fled when approached by officers. Williams fled and when the officers caught him, he took a swing at one of the police officers.
An uninvolved bystander jumped in and joined in the attack on the officers from behind and punched both officers. He was subsequently identified as Darnell Brown, age 37. True to form, Williams, who was charged with robbery, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer was released without bail.
Where Giuliani earned a reputation as a tough as nails, crime-fighting mayor, de Blasio has chosen to throw down with the criminals. New York under Giuliani was a model for big city police departments, with violent crime rates falling 56% under his watch and property crimes by 65%, both exceeding the nationwide drop in crime.
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Giuliani embraced the “broken windows” theory of policing, which dictates that if the minor, quality of life crimes are enforced, it has a domino effect on the more serious crimes. This was the “community policing” model so prevalent in the 90’s.
Under de Blasio, the focus has changed and crime rates and the propensity to act out against police have risen. De Blasio has signed on to decriminalizing “minor” offenses and subjecting them to fines akin to a traffic ticket. De Blasio has also changed his tune on the legalization of marijuana, now supporting it, touting the economic benefit. In other words, taxes.
While de Blasio and activist judges engage in social engineering, it is the citizens and police officers in New York who pay the price…while criminals like the Williams boys and Bazemore laugh all the way to their next crime.
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