‘Going down an insane road’: Senator Lindsey Graham shreds liberals over cashless bail

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WASHINGTON, DC – There have been many discussions over the prospect of ending cash bail throughout the United States over the course of the last year.

Recently, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham took it a step further by calling the move going “down an insane road.”

Graham spoke to Fox News “Sunday Night in America” about the liberal lawmakers known as the squad working toward ending cash bail in America.

Graham, like many others, believe that by doing so criminals will have little to deter them from committing more crimes, thus, causing an explosion in the crime rate. 

Graham did not stop at the politically ‘soft’ approach on attacking the views of the squad, rather, he added that the “enemy is the radical left who is driving Democratic Party down an insane road.” He added:

“What do you say to the family of the victims? How do we go to them as a nation an explain to them that this man was allowed to be loose given this criminal record?

The chickens are coming home to roost when it comes to crime and the radical left. It is fashionable in blue states and liberal districts to be soft on crime.

It is not fashionable among the average American to allow this to go on and on and on, so we need to vote…Congresswoman Tlaib has a bill to empty all of the federal prisons by 10 years; mass incarceration needs to go, regardless, apparently, of what you did because of COVID, and some Squad members want to do away with cash bail.

Let’s vote on this.”

Graham then took a moment to highlight areas in the country that have already abolished cash bail, specifically, California, who is experiencing a major increase in crime in areas that have no cash bail. He said:

“Look at what’s happening throughout California, where people are going into stores and cleaning out the place. You know, thousands of dollars have been taken by these flash mobs, and what ever happens to them?

This started with defunding the police. This concept of defunding the police has sent a signal to criminals that there are no more consequences when it comes to breaking the law, and people are not afraid of breaking the law anymore.

People are emboldened to break the law.”

The ‘flash mobs’ that Graham is referring to are occurring all over California with little to no end in sight.

While there are differing opinions as to why there is an increase, the President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Craig Lally, told Fox News:

“When society removes accountability for bad behavior, criminals get emboldened to commit more crimes, drug addicts thumb their noses at mandatory treatment and vandalism and petty theft turn into riotous looting and murder.”

The President of the San Jose Police Officers Association, Sean Pritchard, also spoke to Fox News about the flash mobs and lack of bail or offering of low bail to those arrested for these types of crimes.

He said that the ACLU is making a large push across the country to reduce bail which he notes as being significant in the incident out of Waukesha, Wisconsin. In that incident, a man who had been released twice on low bail this year is accused of running over and killing several people during a Christmas parade.

Pritchard said:

“Across the country the ACLU is pushing for no bail or drastically reduced bail similar to what the hate-filed repeat offender Darrell Brooks was out on prior to him running down and killing innocent people at the Waukesha, Wisconsin, Christmas parade.

If Brooks was held in custody for his most recent offense on a bail amount commensurate with his extensive criminal history, then those innocent parade goers would be alive today.”

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Report: NYC homeless man brags that he’ll dodge bail after 3 arrests in 36 hours — and it turns out he’s right

BROOKLYN, NY- A homeless man, who was reportedly arrested three times in just 36 hours, boasted to New York Police Department (NYPD) police that he would “dodge bail” for each because he did not have a record.

The man, 63-year-old Agustin Garcia, was apparently right because when Manhattan prosecutors asked twice that he be held on bail amid his alleged crime spree, they were denied by the judges.

The New York Post reported that Garcia was charged with robbing two Manhattan straphangers, where he wielded a knife against one of them and stealing a beer from a Bronx bodega, one after the other. Even on the third time the man was arrested, he still was not given a bail to keep him locked up. 

 

He was, however, sent to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. One frustrated law enforcement source close to the situation said:

“We can arrest people, we can cut them loose, incarcerate them, but it’s not addressing the underlying problems. There are so many underlying issues when it comes to revolving-door criminal justice problems. But by far, the No. 1 issue we see is cases … is mental health.”

Garcia’s brother, Jose said that what the source was saying couldn’t have been any truer for his sibling’s case, adding that Agustin suffers from schizophrenia. Jose said:

“My brother is a sick person. He’s been sick for the past 35 years. When he goes to the hospital and is committed there, sometimes for a month or two, he sometimes doesn’t get the treatment completely and they release him. And once they release him, the problem comes back again.”

According to authorities, Garcia’s alleged day-and-half crime spree began around 7: 30 p.m. on November 21st when police say he stole a dozen cans of Coors Light beer from a bodega on East 165th Street in the Bronx. For that crime, he was charged with petty larceny and the police released him on a desk-appearance ticket pending a court hearing.

 

Within a few hours, Garica was arrested again. This time, he was busted around 3 a.m. on November 22nd at the Canal Street subway station in Manhattan after allegedly stealing a straphanger’s backpack. Garcia reportedly pulled a knife on the woman, warning her to “stay back” when she tried to follow him. 

After his arrest, Garcia boasted to cops at the Fifth Precinct station house:

“I know I’m getting out. I have no record.”

According to sources close to the case, Garcia has no prior convictions and was charged with a felony robbery. Manhattan prosecutors asked that he be held on a $15,000 cash bail or a $45,000 bond. Instead, Garcia was cut loose on supervised release without bail by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge James Clynes.

Once back out on the street, Garcia wasted no time and reportedly stole an iPhone from another straphanger at the West 145th Street/Lenox Avenue subway station around 7:15 a.m. on November 23rd. After stealing the phone, he fled into the subway tunnel. Police were able to catch him when he tried to climb up a subway platform back into the station.

For that incident, Garcia was charged with grand larceny and criminal trespassing. According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, they tried once again to have Garcia put in jail, this time recommending that he be held on a $20,000 cash bail or a $60,000 bond.

Instead, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Valentina Morales denied the request and ordered a 72-hour psychological evaluation for Garcia at Bellevue. New York City Sheriff’s Office deputies took Garcia into custody and transported him to the hospital for the evaluation.

 

As of Sunday, November 28th, Bellevue told The Post that Garcia was still at the hospital. According to his brother, Jose, this is not the first time Garcia had been hospitalized. Garcia previously spent time at Jacobi, New York-Presbyterian, and Gracie Square hospitals.

Jose added that his brother belongs in a hospital, not on the streets and that his brother typically stops taking his medication because he believes “God will come down and cure him.” Jose stated:

“I tell him, ‘You’ve got to understand that God gave humans the power to make those medications so you can survive. Use it!’ When he stop using it, we lost him. Forget it.”

A spokesman for the state court system said that the judges who declined to set bail on Garcia used their “discretion,” which they are allowed to do under the law. Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the Office of Court Administration, said in an e-mail to The Post:

“Nearly 300 defendants are arraigned every day in New York City Criminal Court. The one thing they all have in common is … a criminal court judge who, with purposely enacted, extremely limited discretion, must foretell the future.”

He added:

“Unlike ‘the legislature’ or ‘the defendants’ or ‘the prosecutors,’ they are not amorphous. They are the individuals holding up a metal rod as the thunder and lightning of our criminal justice system that no one wants to address passes over.”

 

However, bail reform critics blame the badly broken legal system. One law enforcement source said:

“When we see the same [defendant] over and over … we see the same red flags. People are entering the system with serious mental, emotional illness and are coming out the same, if not worse.”

The source added:

“Bail reform is all well and good, but you have an obligation to do better than just send people who need a high level of care on their way so as not only to keep from reoffending, but keep themselves safe. Ultimately, that’s what keep the community safe.”

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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