What a topsy-turvy world Gotham has change into.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is now prosecuting a cop who tried to cease a serial shoplifter — whereas Mayor Eric Adams’ crew has agreed to pay Black Lives Matter protesters $13 million for combating police.
It’s simply the newest flip in a collection of madcap strikes the place officers rush to defend — and even reward — law-breakers, whereas punishing victims and those that search to guard the general public.
Can any New Yorker really feel secure in a world like that?
On Wednesday, Bragg indicted Manhattan NYPD officer Salvatore Provenzano for punching an unruly man he was escorting out of an Upper West Side Apple Store two years in the past.
The incident concerned only one punch, which resulted in completely no accidents, but DA Bragg someway noticed match to press prices towards the officer.
This follows on the heels of Bragg’s indictments of different New Yorkers who had been pressured to defend themselves towards avenue madmen:
* Last yr, Bragg sought to deliver a murder charge against bodega worker Jose Alba, though surveillance video showed Alba was attacked first and sought to defend himself. Bragg later backed down below stress.
* In May, Daniel Penny was arraigned on manslaughter charges involving the loss of life of Jordan Neely, a homeless man who was threatening subway riders.
* Last month, straphanger Jordan Williams was charged with stabbing an unhinged ex-con who harassed passengers and punched his girlfriend aboard a J practice, although a grand jury found that he acted in self-defense.
* And simply this month, Bragg charged Scotty Enoe, a CVS employee, with stabbing a serial shoplifter to death throughout a battle inside a Midtown Manhattan retailer.
The progressive DA’s indictments of Alba, Neely, Penny, Jordan and Enoe are proof of clear disdain for New Yorkers who defend themselves and others towards violent provocateurs.
Now Bragg is charging a police officer with a criminal offense for merely doing his job.
That, mixed with the big $13 million payout to demonstrators who resisted police through the 2020 post-George Floyd Black Lives Matter protests, actually exhibits whose aspect New York officers are on.
Those payouts come to almost $10,000 apiece for every of some 1,300 protesters.
Recall that this occurred amid the billions in property injury of the “largely peaceable” George Floyd nationwide protests that summer season.
The messages officers are sending is obvious: Lawbreakers get safety, law-enforcers and crime victims get punished. And it’ll solely result in extra crime and crime within the streets.
Is that what officers need?