Survey: More than half of the NYPD wishes they never became cops in the first place in police-defunded NYC

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NEW YORLK, NY- According to The New York Post, an internal departmental survey of 6,000 uniformed police officers says that more than half of New York Police Department (NYPD) police wish they never joined the force in the first place. 

The survey is a sobering snapshot of how the men and women who protect and serve feel in an era of the violent riots following the death of George Floyd, the “defund the police” movement, bail reform laws that keep violent offenders on the streets instead of locked up, and legislative measures that put the burden of liability on officers while emboldening criminals. 

One 20-year veteran officer who took the survey said:

“My retirement is next month. I can’t wait to run out of here.”

The officer, who would only provide his first name, Dan, said that the job has hit “rock bottom” and that he has even steered his son away from a calling that was once proudly passed on in his family from generation to generation.

According to the survey, most who took it thinks things will only get worse, with 79 percent of the 5,935 respondents polled in March saying they don’t think the city will be safe two years from now. The veteran cop added:

“The city is absolutely not safe at all. Bail reform, criminals being released, everyone knows what’s going on.”

Not only did 56 percent of cops say they wouldn’t put on the badge if they had to do it all over again, but a majority feel the public disrespects (46 percent agree, 42 percent disagree) and distrusts (44 to 41 percent) them. A 16-year veteran said:

“There is no other profession that is scrutinized as much as we are. The far-left leaning politics are absolutely destroying the city of New York.”

A staggering 80 percent of the officers, detectives, sergeants, lieutenants, and captains surveyed now fear aggressively fighting crime because of the threat of criminal liability, being sued or being unfairly disciplined. 

In March, the City Council passed a series of reforms for the NYPD, including putting an end to qualified immunity for cops, which protected them against civil lawsuits. Seventy-three percent of police stated that the public does not have a good relationship with the NYPD.

Joseph Giacalone, an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former NYPD sergeant, said in a statement:

“This doesn’t look good for [Mayor-elect] Adams. Not only is he inheriting a lot of bad legislature from the City Council Albany, it sounds like he’s getting an apathetic police department.”

He added:

“I don’t blame cops. DAs that don’t prosecute, feckless politicians, removal of [enforcement of] quality-of-life crimes. What can they do? Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. The ‘Don’t’ part sounds like a lot less trouble to get in.”

Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch told The Post that the survey results “should surprise nobody,” adding:

“New York City police officers are well past our breaking point and Mayor de Blasio and the outgoing City Council are still piling on with policies that punish cops and erode public safety.

The intolerable environment and our substandard pay has every cop looking to get out as soon as they can. Our new leaders have a real mess to clean up. They need to start by supporting the beleaguered cops on the street.”

Reportedly, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a letter to the troops regarding the internal poll, that the NYPD conducted the survey in an “effort to determine how we can improve as a department, both internally and in regard to policing New York City.” Shea added:

“We all know the tremendous and unprecedented challenges we faced in 2020 and we also know that there will be more obstacles to overcome. But through it all, you have continued to work toward a safer and more stable New York City and for that, I thank you.”

When asked to comment on the cratering morale among rank and file cops, on November 20th, the NYPD said:

“By hearing directly from the men and women of the NYPD, we can check on our progress and help inform ongoing improvements. The results stand to guide and contribute to our efforts to build an even stronger and more effective NYPD.”

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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Repeat offender who once tried to kill a cop caught on video attacking NYPD officer, gets released without bail

November 16th, 2021

NEW YORK, NY- According to reports, an ex-convict who once tried to kill a New York Police Department (NYPD) police officer has been arrested for randomly attacking another NYPD officer, only to then be freed without bail.

38-year-old Isus Thompson, a now-accused repeat cop attacker, could have been forced to come up with bail money before being released from custody after his latest alleged assault on an NYPD officer. However, the judge instead cut him loose after Bronx prosecutors failed to seek bail in the case.

This, of course, prompted an angry response from NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea. In a tweet, he wrote:

“Do we have to wait for [Thompson] to kill someone before this is taken seriously?”

The New York Post requested comment from the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, to which they did not respond to, asking why its prosecutors sought only supervised release; a condition that means the suspect is simply required to periodically check in with the court.

Authorities stated that on Sunday, November 14th, Thompson had approached an NYPD officer on East 194th Street near Valentine Avenue in Fordham Manor in the Bronx around 1:30 a.m. 

According to police, he proceeded to randomly strike Officer Kyo Sun Lee, 30, in the head with a black backpack holding a dvd player, adult videos, and a small metal safe. The officer’s partner also found Thompson in possession of a black metal box-cutter. 

Lee, who reported pain and redness to the right side of his face and back of his head, was taken to North Central Bronx Hospital for evaluation. The officer recalled the “totally unexpected” attack in a brief interview with the Post outside his home:

“I saw him approach and we didn’t make direct eye contact. He saw me and I saw him. It seemed like he was very determined, his focus was straight ahead.”

Lee added:

“He seemed like he was going to walk across the street … I was looking at hime from an angle and turned to see my partner’s back. As I turned on an angle, that’s when he came about here (pointing to his neck).”

The officer stated:

“Thankfully there were enough officers there to get him into custody.”

The criminal complaint shows that Thompson was hit with three separate assault charges, including at least one felony, which give the judge discretion to set bail. The suspect also was charged with weapon possession, harassment and resisting arrest.

The complaint states that he flailed his arms, kicked his legs and twisted his body, refusing to be handcuffed during his arrest. Reportedly, Thompson had previously served two years for a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree attempted murder for stabbing a cop in Forest Hills in 2008.

According to a criminal complaint from that incident, Thompson had been smoking marijuana in the Ehrenriech-Austin Playground at Austin Street and 76th Avenue in Forest Hills around 10:30 p.m. on June 6th of that year when the 30-year-old officer approached him.

The officer told Thompson that he could not be in the park after sunset and asked him to show his identification. The cop walked with Thompson to his police cruiser, where the officer asked him to his hands on the car.

That is when Thompson pulled out a knife and stabbed the cop in the right side of his stomach, ripping his shirt and striking, but not piercing his bulletproof vest. Thompson then fled the scene, sparking a chase that spanned more than three blocks.

When police finally caught him, they found the knife in one of his shorts pockets and a “quantity of marijuana” inside a Ziploc bag in the other.

Thompson was sentenced and incarcerated in 2010 and released in 2012 on parole, which expired in 2015. In his tweet on Monday, November 15th, Shea wrote:

“Arrested in ’08 for the attempted murder of a police officer, the same man was again arrested Sun. for attacking a #Bronx cop from behind. Late last night, this violent criminal was released without bail.”

When asked about how he feels about Thompson’s release, Lee said:

“I’m not sure how I should feel about it. I was just performing my duty as any officer would.”

The district attorney’s office and state court officials confirmed that Bronx Criminal Court Judge Audrey Stone signed off on the prosecutors’ request for only supervised release in Thompson’s latest bust. Thompson’s lawyer had sought no conditions for his client’s release. Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the state Office of Court Administration, said:

“Judge Stone, taking into consideration that there was a level of inappropriate behavior involving law enforcement, set the higher of the two argued bail requests.”

Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said that is not good enough, adding:

“This case is more proof that our broken criminal justice system needs a complete overhaul. Our legislators, prosecutors, and judges all need to stop pointing fingers and passing the buck because they’re putting both cops and our communities at risk.”

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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Gov. Hochul orders NYPD cops to allow substance users to freely use drugs like heroin on the streets

October 16th, 2021

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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ALBANY, NY- According to the New York Post, October 7th, 2021 was the day that New York surrendered in the war on drugs. Upon orders from Albany, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has directed officers to let those addicted to narcotics freely use drugs on city streets, even let them share needles. 

Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a bill that was pushed by state Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) and backed overwhelmingly by the city’s Democratic delegation to the legislature. The bill decriminalizes the possession or sale of hypodermic needles and syringes by those who inject drugs, such as heroin.

A directive to NYPD commanders states:

“Effective immediately, members of the service should not take any enforcement action against any individual who possesses a hypodermic needle, even when it contains residue of a controlled substance.”

IV use of illegal substances is inherently unhealthy and dangerous. Those who use drugs and share needles expose themselves and others to HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne infections. Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) said in a statement:

“It was passed under the guise of compassion, but it’s one of the least compassionate bills I’ve seen come across the legislature in a long time. There is nothing compassionate about telling people to keep doing something that is going to kill them.”

Hochul has effectively decriminalized drugs by legalizing the sale and possession of drug paraphernalia and making substance abuse free of social consequences. Lanza added:

“This law says stick a needle in your arm, pump your body with poison and lose your life … This law says to people suffering addiction that New York has given up on you, that New York doesn’t care about you.”

Real estate executive William Abramson, who represents residential and commercial clients around the city, said that many of his clients have complained to him about drug abusers found strung out in their stoops and doorways. He added:

“This is outrageous. Once again, quality of life in New York City continues to deteriorate because of laws that do not consider the residents and businesses of the city. We all agree that something needs to be done to help addicts, but letting them shoot up on the streets does not help anyone. This is bad for everyone.”

Drug deaths across the city have been skyrocketing. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 2,243 people have died from drug overdoses in New York City for the 12-month period that ended on March 31st. This was a 36 percent increase in overdose deaths from the year prior.

The NYPD decree also tells cops that, “It is no longer a violation of law for an individual to possess a hypodermic needle, even when it did not come from a pharmacy or a needle exchange program.”

Lanza said that the potential for needle sharing “contravenes any logical and reasonable science based upon public health standards.” Luke Nasta, the CEO of Camelot Counseling, a longtime substance abuse treatment center on Staten Island, said in a statement:

“This law is a monument to how far we’ve deteriorated as a society in our relationship to the misuse of drugs. The more permissive we get as a society the harder it is for people struggling to rehabilitate.”

Barbara Blair, President of the Garment District Alliance, which is battling a wave of heroin use in front of member businesses, is outraged. She said:

“The new law is preposterous. Mentally and emotionally ill individuals should be removed from the streets, involuntarily if necessary.

They should be placed in high-quality settings, institutional settings if necessary, where they get the shelter, food and care they need. Having drug addicts, a frightful condition, freely injecting drugs and passing out in public is not tenable.”

New York lawmakers apparently see no problem, voting to let substance abusers freely use heroin and other injected drugs in public without threat or arrest. Rivera said:

“I hear the valid concerns that certain New Yorkers have regarding the increased presence of substance use on our streets and its impact on our communities.

That is why it is critical that we move swiftly to open overdose prevention centers, a proven tool in preventing overdose deaths, stopping the spread of disease, providing a safe non-public space for those using drugs and a pathway to a recovery.”

The results will be predictably bad for all New Yorkers, including those using the drugs, said Joseph Giacalone, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He said in a statement:

“Six months from now, New York politicians will be scratching their heads wondering why syringes are everywhere, drug use is up, overdoses are up, and why open-air drug markets are flourishing. It makes you shake your head.”

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Man high on drugs breaks into California jail, gets arrested and then released on his own recognizance

August 30th, 2021

SAN MATEO, CA-  On Thursday, August 19th, prosecutors announced that a 35-year-old Redwood City man has been accused of breaking into a San Mateo County Jail.

According to reports, the man pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of trespassing and identity theft after he was found sitting in the lobby of the Maple Street Correctional Center’s transitional housing unit. 

Prosecutors stated that a correction officer responded to a late night alarm that went off and found the man sitting in the lobby. After initially thinking he was an inmate who had left his cell, the officer realized the man was in street clothes. 

Surveillance footage shows the man had climbed over an exterior and interior fence and then climbed to the second floor patio at the facility. He then proceeded to enter the jail through the patio door.

According to prosecutors, the man had credit cards from other people in his possession and allegedly admitted to being under the influence of methamphetamine and alcohol. 

The man said he was trying to get away from a man with a gun and didn’t know he had entered a jail. He entered his not guilty pleas to the misdemeanor charges and was released on his own recognizance.

While this is a rare case of someone breaking into a correctional facility, an inmate incarcerated in Americus, Georgia recently escaped. According to reports, the inmate, since identified as Rodriquez Germany got away from the Sumter County Correctional Institute.

Germany was serving time for burglary and drug possession. He reportedly took someone’s car that was a few houses down from the prison. The car belonged to the niece of fallen officer Georgia Southwestern University Public Safety Officer Jody Smith. Smith was killed in the line of duty in 2016. 

Sheriff Eric Bryant said that the victim left her car unlocked with the keys in it. Bryant said in a statement:

“Well, of course she’s very frustrated because again she’s usually conscientious of things like this. This is one of those freak things were she forgot to bring her keys inside that particular morning, well that particular night she fell victim in the wee hours of the morning. Outside of that, we’re working very closely, of course with her and our surrounding neighboring counties as well as other agencies, trying to locate this vehicle and get it back to the rightful owner.”

He took a gray 2010 Honda Civic hatchback with the license plate BA1LEE. Germany is 5 feet and weighs 189 pounds. 

In a separate incident, a Limestone County, Alabama inmate who escaped from his work-release site on the morning of August 17th, is back in custody. On the day of the escape, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Vulcan Plastics in Athens that a work-release inmate left the property on a black Kawasaki motorcycle belonging to another employee.

According to a press release from the Florence Police Department (FPD), officers spotted a black motorcycle matching the description of the one stolen earlier in the day. When officers tried to stop the vehicle, the driver fled from police.

FPD stated that the speeds in the pursuit exceeded 100mph. The driver missed a curve, left the road, and struck a stone wall. 35-year-old Joel Dwight Gooch was ejected off the bike.

Gooch had multiple felony and misdemeanor warrants at the time of the crash. FPD continues to investigate the incident and additional charges on Gooch are pending. 

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Female corrections officer gets jail time for having ‘depraved’ sex with inmate in front of other prisoners

July 3rd, 2021

FRESNO COUNTY, CA – A former corrections officer who pleaded guilty in April to charges stemming from her having sex with an inmate was recently handed down a 7-month jail sentence followed by two years of probation. 

When describing the illicit sexual exploits of the corrections officer, Fresno County Assistant Sheriff Steve McComas said it was “something only a depraved mind can come up with.”

According to reports, 27-year-old Tina Gonzalez, who once worked at the Fresno County jail, is now a convicted felon after her sexual escapades with an inmate at the jail she once worked at came to light. 

Gonzalez, who started working at the jail in 2016, reportedly had a relationship with an inmate that lasted over an entire year before she was arrested in December of 2019. 

In that time, Gonzalez also provided the inmate with a cellphone, razor blades, and even jail intelligence, according to prosecutor Kaitlin Drake: 

“At times, communicated sensitive information to the inmate about individuals that were entering the inmate’s pod as well as times when the pod would be searched.”

Gonzalez pleaded guilty in April to sexual activity by a detention facility employee with a consenting confined adult and possession of drugs or an alcoholic beverage in a jail. 

Fresno County Assistant Sheriff McComas commented during Gonzalez’s June 29th sentencing about the “depraved” nature of the crimes she committed while working at the jail facility: 

“Cutting a hole in your pants to make it easier to have sex with an inmate and having intercourse in full view of 11 other inmates is something only a depraved mind could come up with.”

Assistant Sheriff McComas was particularly disturbed that even after Gonzalez was arrested, she continued to have a relationship with the inmate and “even boasts” during calls with the inmate about their exploits in the jail: 

“The fact that she continually calls, has sexually explicit conversations with the inmate in question, and even boasts about the crimes she carried out shows that she’s incapable of owning up to her mistakes and will undoubtedly continue in the future.”

Judge Michael Idiart could have sent Gonzalez to prison for up to 16 months, which apparently prosecutors were hoping for a sentence more closely resembling the maximum time. 

However, Judge Idiart noted that Gonzalez had no prior criminal history and also openly admitted to the crimes she committed once her exploits came to light. 

The judge sentenced Gonzalez to 210 days in jail and with credit for time served, meaning she could be out as early as October, as well as two years of probation. 

When Gonzalez was sentenced, Judge Idiart did speak frankly with the defendant about her “stupid” behavior: 

“I think what you did was terrible, stupid. You’ve ruined your career. You endangered your fellow officers. But I also believe that people can redeem themselves. You have the rest of your life to prove that.”

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While Gonzalez managed to get some jail time and a felony record with her work in corrections, a handful of corrections officers in Louisiana managed to endure the likes of online criticism over a relatively silly photo of them and a apprehended individual. 

We at Law Enforcement Today reported on that matter earlier in June. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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The following article contains editorial content by a staff writer with Law Enforcement Today.

WASHINGTON PARISH, LA – Four Louisiana corrections officers who posed for a photo with an apprehended felon – after they helped track him down and took him into custody – are facing a degree of backlash online. 

However, this backlash is being achieved via some elongating mental gymnastics of trying to link racism to a tongue-in-cheek photo where an apprehended individual seems rather jovial after being apprehended. 

The anger seems to lend to a notion that white people taking photos with a black person is wrong, if said white people are in positions of authority and the black person is the criminal.

At least, in the case of white correctional officers apprehending a black suspect in Louisiana – that seems to be the case. And frankly, there isn’t much context to digest beyond the aforementioned. 

Four unidentified corrections officers from Washington Parish had taken a somewhat silly photo with a man arrested for robbing a Mississippi bank. 

Clearly, the corrections officers and the suspect were being cheesy in the photo, all smiling in the endeavor (which, considering that getting arrested isn’t exactly a fun time, speaks highly of the suspect in the case). 

While a cheeky photo, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections acknowledged that maybe the photo wasn’t the brightest move by the corrections officers – but also noted that the picture itself didn’t break any detailed policies. 

Ergo, none of the officers shown in the photo will be disciplined for the snafu. 

But some are coming out and proclaiming that the photo snapped is some sort of veiled racism. 

Ashraf Esmail, an associate professor of criminal justice at Dillard University, proclaims that the photograph reignites old instances of slave catchers tasked with apprehending runaway slaves from an era far gone: 

“It brings about the history of slavery when you think about hunting of African Americans at one time. With the issue of law enforcement and racial justice this past year, it really gives off a very, very bad optic.”

The felon featured in the photo was identified as Eric Boykin, who is now residing in the Jefferson Davis County Jail under charges of armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Perhaps the more reasonable of the storm of criticism pertaining to the photo came from the president of the Louisiana NAACP, Michael McClanahan, who simply pointed out that felony arrests aren’t exactly the ideal Kodak moment: 

“It’s not becoming of a professional law enforcement officer because I know too many of them. They don’t do that. It sends a wrong message.”

While some have come forward asking that disciplinary action be taken against the men featured in the photo, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections explained that there’s simply nothing on the books with respect to such displays. 

However, the DPSC stated that future sensitivity training will cover instances such as the aforementioned:

“The picture should not have been taken, it was poor judgement. We regret that it happened and will use this incident for sensitivity training for our staff.”

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In other news in the world of prison, Bill Cosby was recently released after the state Supreme Court overturned his conviction over some legally sketchy moves made by the prosecution. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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HARRISBURG, PA – In a move that came to the surprise of many, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has decided to overturn Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction on June 30th, which will allow him to walk free out of prison.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reached said decision by highlighting prosecutorial mistakes made in the case, which said mistake is most easily described as essentially a broken promise to not prosecute Cosby when he delivered testimony during a lawsuit over a decade prior to his 2018 conviction.

The now 83-year-old Cosby will be released from prison, after having been sentenced to three-to-ten years in prison for the 2018 conviction of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman back in 2004.

Cosby’s 2018 criminal conviction relied heavily upon self-incriminating testimony he gave during a lawsuit that took place between 2005 and 2006 involving the victim from 2004 sexual assault.

Back in 2005, then- Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor declined to criminally charge Cosby, citing that short of any sort of confession due to a lack of tangible evidence, a conviction would be near impossible to obtain.

This then paved the way for civil proceedings against Cosby launched by the 2004 victim, Andrea Constand, which since this was a civil matter, Cosby wouldn’t be afforded the right to not testify as a defendant normally could in a criminal trial.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court noted that specifically in their decision reached to vacate Cosby’s conviction:

“Unable to invoke any right not to testify in the civil proceedings, Cosby relied upon the district attorney’s declination and proceeded to provide four sworn depositions. During those depositions, Cosby made several incriminating statements.”

It was in 2015 that Kevin Steele was elected to serve as the Montgomery County district attorney, which his campaign at the time promised that – if elected – he would prosecute Cosby for the sexual assault of Constand that happened in 2004.

Which, DA Steele did exactly that.

DA Steele proclaimed at the time in 2015 when charges were brought against Cosby that evidence against him in the 2004 case had strengthened – but in reality, the evidence that was primarily used to convict Cosby was the testimony from the lawsuit brought forth after former DA Castor said his office wouldn’t prosecute the case.

The state’s high court’s decision noted that just because there’s a “changing of the guard”, it doesn’t mean that a new district attorney can play by their own rules without limitations:

“[T]he discretion vested in our Commonwealth’s prosecutors, however vast, does not mean that its exercise is free of the constraints of due process.

When an unconditional charging decision is made publicly and with the intent to induce action and reliance by the defendant, and when the defendant does so to his detriment (and in some instances upon the advice of counsel), denying the defendant the benefit of that decision is an affront to fundamental fairness, particularly when it results in a criminal prosecution that was forgone for more than a decade. No mere changing of the guard strips that circumstance of its inequity.”

The state supreme court’s decision noted that there is of course a “public interest” in having those guilty of crimes adequately punished, but due process cannot be violated in the pursuit of justice:

“All of this started with DA Castor’s compulsion of Cosby’s reliance upon a public proclamation that Cosby would not be prosecuted.

The CDO’s remedy for all this would include subjecting Cosby to a third criminal trial. That is no remedy at all. Rather, it is an approach that would place Cosby nowhere near where he was before the due process violation took root.”

The court found that not only must Cosby’s conviction be tossed, but that he can never be prosecuted on these same charges ever again:

“There is only one remedy that can completely restore Cosby to the status quo ante. He must be discharged, and any future prosecution on these particular charges must be barred. We do not dispute that this remedy is both severe and rare. But it is warranted here, indeed compelled.”

“The CDO would shun this remedy because (at least in part it) might thwart the public interest in having the guilty brought to book. It cannot be gainsaid that society holds a strong interest in the prosecution of crimes.

It is also true that no such interest, however important, ever can eclipse society’s interest in ensuring that the constitutional rights of the people are vindicated. Societies interest in prosecution does not displace the remedy due to constitutionally aggrieved persons.”

According to reports, Cosby’s publicist, Andrew Wyatt, will be picking him up from prison on June 30th. 

Attorney Gloria Allred, who had represented many of the women who testified against Cosby during his criminal trial, said that while the Pennsylvania Supreme Court let Cosby walk free on “technical grounds”, this still doesn’t “vindicate his actions”:

“Despite the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision, this was an important fight for justice. And even though the court overturned the conviction on technical grounds, it did not vindicate Bill Cosby’s conduct and should not be interpreted as a statement or a finding that he did not engage in the acts of which he has been accused.”

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