In one more case of let-’em-loose “justice,” Manhattan Judge Paul McDonnell freed a career criminal — out on lifetime parole — after he was accused of slugging an NYPD cop and attempting to chew a second. Will this insanity by no means stop?
Chased down after after being noticed attempting to smoke crack, Nathaniel Turner fought with the cops, police say; the one he belted wound up hospitalized. Yet regardless of felony assault and drug prices and his standing as a profession prison on lifetime parole, McDonnell nixed prosecutors’ request for $20,000 bail and as an alternative set Turner free on supervised launch.
And that was the second perp de Blasio-appointed McDonnell freed simply final week: Earlier, he’d launched a serial shoplifter on supervised launch after she was hit with 37 prison prices.
No marvel shoplifting has change into so pervasive in New York. At high-end shops in SoHo, house owners and safety guards not even attempt to cease the thieves. Fueled by a 103% spike in grand larceny and shoplifting, the NYPD’s sixth Precinct has seen an 80% jump in crime this yr.
“Crime is rising day-by-day proper now, and [criminals are] changing into actually fearless,” a Bleeker Street-shop clerk lamented to The Post.
Recent NYPD data present that suspects arrested and launched final yr for shoplifting went on to commit extra critical crimes — with 21.6% charged with felonies lower than two months later.
State-court spokesman Lucian Chalfein claims New York’s “reformed” legal guidelines go away judges with “slim discretion,” requiring them to think about “the least restrictive type of pretrial detention.” For a lifetime parolee?
Yet Gov. Kathy Hochul and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders say the legal guidelines are high quality; they don’t have any intention of fixing them.
PBA President Patrick Lynch hit the nail on the pinnacle: We have “two revolving doorways — one placing violent criminals again on the streets, and one other placing cops and harmless victims within the hospital.”
Alas, that’s not going to alter in New York until New York adjustments its leaders.