Manhattan’s new district attorney is already reportedly releasing criminals as he implements controversial new policies that will only reduce sentences on a slew of crimes.
District Attorney Alvin Bragg reportedly downgraded the robbery charges against a man who used a knife to rob a store of more than $2,000 in a change that has led to his release.
Downgrading violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors & deciding NOT to prosecute many other crimes is a recipe for DISASTER by @ManhattanDA. I joined @Varneyco today. As Governor I’ll remove any DA who refuses to enforce the laws! HELP DEFEAT HOCHUL➡️https://t.co/gswoMEFWYC pic.twitter.com/3EYFrxTclA
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) January 12, 2022
“Bragg’s policies are an affront to every law-abiding citizen in New York City,” former Manhattan assistant district attorney Daniel Ollen, who’s now a defense lawyer, said, according to the New York Post.
“Violent criminals now have carte blanche to re-offend, knowing full well that they will never again sniff the inside of a jail cell.
“If you thought things couldn’t get any worse, think again. God help us,” Ollen said.
— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) January 12, 2022
The concerning moves are causing pushback from lawyers, law enforcement, and New Yorkers concerned about the impact Bragg’s moves on crime will have in the city.