NY bail reform was such a failure they just had to roll it back. Now Black Lives Matter activists are flipping out.

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ALBANY,NYNew rules regarding who can be held on bail in New York state took effect Thursday. 

Criminal justice advocates are saying that the new law rolls back some of the bail reform measures that were passed back in 2019 and just kicked off this year.  

In 2019, the New York legislature passed one of the most progressive bail-reform packages in the country, abolishing bail for many misdemeanors and nonviolent crimes.  The newly elected Democratic-led Senate and Assembly eliminated all forms of cash bail for nonviolent crimes. 

They also changed what’s known as the state’s “discovery laws” and required prosecutors to turn over to defendants all evidence against them within 15 days of arrest. 

In January 2020, soon after the bail-reform law went into effect, the New York Police Department (NYPD) released figures showing a spike in crime and pointed the finger at the new, looser bail rules. 

Law enforcement said the new bail-reform laws went too far and would result in a crime spike as repeat offenders were released back into the community.  From this, the new bail policies instantly lost popularity and the percentage of New Yorkers saying the bail-reform changes would be good for the state dropped from 55 percent last year to 37 percent this past January. 

Prominent politicians, including Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, backed a new bill to roll back many of the changes.  This new bill pass on April 3rd and just went into effect Thursday.

Some of the tweaks passed through the budget made more high-level offenses bail eligible, including domestic violence felonies, additional sex crimes, drug offenses, and crimes resulting in death.  In a statement Republican Assemblyman Ed Ra said:

“While these changes to bail reform represent a hard-fought legislative win for our Conference, there’s still so much work to do to promote public safety.”

Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt argues the changes still do not give judges enough discretion and consider a person’s “potential dangerousness” saying:

“After New Yorkers, police, prosecutors, and most importantly crime victims stepped up to say bail reform must be repealed, Democrats failed to listen. The tiny band-aids put on a dangerous law that allows violent criminals right back on our streets do nothing.”

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, criminal justice advocates say it is the wrong time for the new rule to be implemented.  Marvin Mayfield, a prisoners rights advocate with the group Center for Community Alternatives said:

“The rollback is happening as COVID-19 presents a threat to inmates in jails that are ill-equipped for social distancing and the country is in the midst of a new civil rights movement after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others after encounters with police–it’s shameful to reverse these gains, especially in the midst of a pandemic and during a national uprise in the defense of Black lives.”

Advocates are demanding state legislators address the incarceration rates that disproportionately effect Black and Latino communities.  To them, bail reform measures that ended pretrial incarceration were the first steps in passing critical police and prison reforms.  They say:

“The rollbacks will mean thousands more people, detained on the basis of income level in jails throughout the state as the coronavirus pandemic and mass protests against racism in the justice system continue.”

During budget negotiations in March, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to rollback some of the reforms.  They mad several crimes once again eligible for bail, including second-degree burglary, promoting child pornography and vehicular manslaughter. 

They also gave prosecutors more time, up to 35 days to turn over evidence to defendants. Cuomo said that while he was proud of the original bail-reform laws that passed back in 2019, he admitted they needed some tweaks:

“The bail-reform that we did last year, I’m very proud of and I think the improvements we made this year are the right ones also.”

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Need any more evidence about the problems caused by “bail reform”?  Just look at what happened last month.

Bail reform: More than 400 NYC looters arrested will be immediately freed from jail

NEW YORK, NY – You can thank Governor Cuomo’s “bail reform” policy for this one.

In New York City, more than 400 looters arrested in the riots last week will be immediately released from jail. 

That’s because “bail reform” eliminated bail for many nonviolent and violent crimes.

Here’s the thing.  Over the past few days, riots have raged on in the city and Mayor Bill de Blasio has refused to deploy the U.S. National Guard.

The city has seen hundreds of looters arrested for burglarizing shops and stores.

And now they are set to be immediately freed back onto the streets.

According to The New York Times, they noted that there have been more than 400 people arrested for looting commercial businesses.

Once they have their arraignments in court, almost all of them will likely be released from jail.

Cuomo’s bail reform law was implemented at the beginning of the year.

It got rid bail for most nonviolent and many violent crimes — including for suspects accused of:

Second-degree manslaughter

Aggravated vehicular assault

Third-degree assault

Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child

Criminally negligent homicide

Aggravated vehicular homicide

…and about 100 other crimes.

Everyone busted for looting will probably be charged with 3rd-degree burglary of a commercial building.  It’s a class D felony.  Under the new law, the suspect no longer has to pay any bail to be released from police custody.

Earlier this year, NYPD officials said that in just the first two months of the year, nearly 500 suspects who would have been kept locked up in jail without the new law had been rearrested for committing an additional 846 crimes.

Of those crimes, nearly 300 included murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto.

In the meantime, video has surfaced online that showcases a police officer, said to be among the Bronx area, getting attacked by three individuals. The officer was on the ground, while people were filming and screaming expletives at the officer being assaulted.

The hatred being shown toward police now is getting far beyond out of hand, as the blatant violence is continuing to rise seemingly with every instance and encounter.

This video, that was shared by the Sergeants Benevolent Association online, is just another example of what officers in major cities are actively dealing with during these “peaceful” protests.

The video shows what looks to be one person holding the officer down, while someone runs up with some unidentifiable large object and hurls it at the grounded officer. That assailant then runs off on foot, but the person whom the officer was engaged with is still holding him to the ground.

Then, another individual quickly runs up to where the officer is on the ground, and retrieves the same said item thrown earlier at him and slams it down on the officer.  

During the assault, you can hear the likes of “fuck 12” being shouted. The 12 is in reference to the police drag unit, but is typically interchangeable with expression like the more widely known “fuck the police”. The anti-police sentiments have been clearly made, and it seems the only thing the mainstream media can be outraged about is President Donald Trump holding a bible.

The riots and looting taking over New York City has also caught the attention of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is now criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio for not having increased the police presence within the city:

“I believe the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem. I think he underestimates the duration of the problem.”

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Apparently, Mayor de Blasio thinks that the peaceful protesters were doing a bang up job when they “rejected” the rioters from participating among their demonstrations:

“There were peaceful protesters who rejected the violent elements and forced them out of protests. There were elected officials and clergy who said to people, ‘If you’re going to protest in our community it must be peaceful. If you attempt any violence, we will reject you.’ That ultimately is the big story here.”

Obviously, it’s not as though the violent criminals just went home when they were ousted from joining the peaceful demonstrations. They simply decided to go and engage in their crimes wherever they pleased – as evidenced by numerous videos of incidents cropping up.

Another aspect, compliments of de Blasio, that didn’t help was the extremely late curfew enacted. While many states and cities have been seeing 8:00 p.m. curfews go into effect , the mayor thought that an 11:00 p.m. curfew would be just fine.

It wasn’t the mayor received enormous pushback on his original curfew that he amended it to begin at 8:00 p.m. on June 2nd.

Several videos showed the chaos that played out on the evening of June 1st, with one instancing of looting being caught by police where they can be seen taking an individual into custody.

In other video, you can see the decimated state of a Verizon store located on East 43rd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan. The interiors look to have been completely looted of any product located on the shelves. The glass windows shattered to pieces all over as well.

People online have been highly critical of the worsening situation in New York City, and also the double standard that has been showcased in relation to how the mayor approached COVID-19 versus these current demonstrations.

And just like that, COVID was no longer a thing being enforced it seems, and riots are taking over the city. So much for de Blasio’s harsh stance about cracking down on large gatherings.

In the meantime, there’s a city-wide search underway after two NYPD officers were struck in hit-and-run attacks overnight.

Both officers are hospitalized but are expected to survive.

The first happened in the Bronx early Tuesday, when the officer was mowed down at the intersection of East 170th Street and Walton Avenue in Mt. Eden by the driver of a dark sedan.

This, according to dramatic footage of the incident that police hope will help locate the suspect.

The officer was rushed to Bellevue Hospital.

In the video of the hit-and-run, which was posted to Twitter, you can see the officer get launched into the air and hit another vehicle after being struck.

“That’s a f—ing cop,” a woman recording the footage says after impact. “Oh s–t!”

The officer lands in the middle of the intersection and several other people, who are believed to be officers, rush over.

An NYPD van rushes in and the injured officer is put in the vehicle.

“Oh my God, oh my God!” witnesses can be heard saying.

Just moments after, three more police vehicles show up and the van carrying the wounded officer drives off.

The witness later said on social media there were helicopters in the area “chasing that car down.”

Another officer was hit by a vehicle when he tried to stop a cellphone store burglary on Eighth Street in Manhattan.

Few details are available on that attack, but police have said no arrests have been made in either case.

More than 50 police officers have been hurt since the citywide protests began Thursday night.

We’re now told that some 2,000 NYC “protestors”, including 700 Monday night alone, have been arrested over the five days of .

NYPD says that a second night of curfew starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday and runs until the following morning at 5 a.m.

They say essential workers, the homeless and people seeking medical attention will be exempt.

Investigators are now saying certain extremist groups are fueling the late-night violence.

On Monday night, NYPD doubled the officers on city streets.

They focused hotspots from previous protests like Barclays Center and Union Square – yet despite this, destructive looting was widespread in certain areas, particularly in midtown Manhattan and the Bronx.

According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, there were “real problems” on Fordham and Burnside Avenue.

New York City Council Member Fernando Cabrera (D-Bronx) called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to activate the National Guard, as 20 other states have done.

“Fordham Road is the lifeblood of the West Bronx, providing jobs as well as essential goods and services,” Cabrera said. “We are already suffering physically, socially and emotionally from the COVID-19 pandemic. We can’t afford to lose our economic engine.”

Cuomo, on the other hand, said while he has the National Guard on standby, he thinks the NYPD has the manpower to handle the protests.

Over the weekend, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, not long before his own daughter was arrested in a riot this weekend, said he was taking a “light touch” to the riots in the city.

Everyone in law enforcement knows that the “light touch” isn’t the solution.

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The SBA responded in their typical savage fashion:

“If Mayor DeBlasio wants a light touch then let him stand in front and take the first brick to the face. Or perhaps he can sit in a police vehicle and catch the Malatov Cocktail that’s thrown into it. Here’s the light touch, DeBlasio brain.”

The rioters got the message loud and clear from de Blasio, however.

NYPD lieutenant reportedly smashed in the face with a brick during riots shows injuries
NYPD lieutenant reportedly smashed in the face with a brick during riots shows injuries – Courtesy: Law Enforcement sources, Facebook posts

An NYPD supervisor is lucky to be alive after being hit in the head with what was believed to be a brick in Brooklyn Friday night.

Lt. Robert Corbett typically works in the legal department of the NYPD.

In an image he shared on social media Saturday morning, he’s seen with a blood-stained shirt and a bloody face.

The images were posted to Corbett’s Facebook page and were shared through police sources with Law Enforcement Today.

“So … my face is a brick magnet,” Corbett said in the post.

“Apparently word travels fast so thanks everyone for reaching out. My head hurts and it’s a little hard to talk.”

He was one of many officers injured as protests turned into violence.

Things really started to pop off Saturday afternoon.

 

The streets were flooded with a blend of demonstrators and rioters on May 29th, all in response to the death of George Floyd.

With reports of police vans being torched in the city, officers from the NYPD being assaulted, and hundreds of people needing to be arrested, Mayor de Blasio stated that his police force had zero to do with what happened several states over in Minnesota:

“I want to just say anyone who wants to protest, we’re going to protect your right to protest, but please also respect [that] the cop in front of you did not create the problem.”

The city mayor’s statements are reflective of a “what’s this got to do with us?” mentality, which is a fair notion.

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Mayor de Blasio also took to Twitter, noting that “deescalating” the situation was top priority, and that he doesn’t “want to see another night like this.”

Interesting that the same mayor who was attacking the Jewish community for saying goodbye to the fallen in funerals recently hasn’t made much of a peep about “social distancing”.

When looking at some of the footage from the May 29th protests in New York City, it’s understandable why the mayor wouldn’t want another episode akin to what played out.

Footage showed physical clashes stemming from protesters trying to fight police while they were enacting arrests.

Certain accounts of the demonstration stated that one officer was punched in the head with brass knuckles, while other reports came in saying a suspect was taken into custody for throwing a trash can at a police officer.

Current estimates of people arrested were around 200 out of the over-3,000 protesters in attendance as of May 30th.

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Video has also surfaced of the smoldering remains of an NYPD police vehicle that was torched during the evening that played out.

A woman was also arrested for attempted murder charges for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at a NYPD police vehicle that had four officers inside at the time. Police were able to exit the vehicle unharmed, and the device luckily did not ignite the van.

Authorities say the woman behind that attack is 27-year-old Samantha Shader. NYPD Chief Terence Monahan said the following about that arrest:

“Those officers are lucky to be alive today. We apprehended that person and they are going to be prosecuted federally. That’s someone not from this community that’s going to hopefully be going away to jail for a long time.”

The suspect’s sister, 21-year-old Darian Shader, was also taken into custody for allegedly interfering with the arrest. The sister is now facing charges of obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Like many other city officials have been mentioning lately, Chief Monahan noted that many of the hostile participants within the protest in New York City seemed to not be from the area:

“This was a very organized attack on police officers that was committed by people not from these communities, not from New York. A lot of outside instigators who were there solely for one reason…to fight the police. This is out of towners, people not part of the communities, people that are coming in to our neighborhoods, into our communities, and causing mayhem.”

The numerous videos of the riot that happened within New York City have flooded Twitter, with instance after instance of vandalism and violence showcased.

Considering all that the city endured between the evening hours of the 29th and the early morning of the 30th, it’s making sense as to why so many were arrested during the demonstration.

While Mayor de Blasio has requested that an independent entity conduct an investigation into the riot that occurred in New York City, even he did not condone the attacks on police:

“They meant to attack police vehicles. And they did. They meant to attack police precincts. And that is all purely unacceptable. It does not reflect our values. We will not accept that.”

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