San Franciscans disgusted by rampant lawlessness showed pro-perp district attorney Chesa Boudin the door last week in a landslide recall election. Yet New Yorkers are fed up with Manhattan prosecutor Alvin Bragg, who is soft on crime, will have to wait until 2026 to get rid of him – or replace Governor Kathy Hochul with someone with the guts to kick him out sooner.
New York law does not allow recall votes; only the government can oust DAs for not doing their job.
Yet Bragg made it clear from the start that he would put the interests of criminals first: his “Day 1 Memo” outlined all the crimes he would refuse to prosecute and the sentences he would refuse to seek, even for criminals. . It caused such outrage that he backtracked – but only slightly. Since then, he has pursued his main goal, freeing criminals, with enthusiasm:
- In January, he initially refused the cops’ request for a no-knock warrant, preferring that they risk their lives knocking first to catch dangerous ex-con Jaime Brown for armed robbery. A few days earlier, two NYPD officers had been shot and killed in the line of duty. Police eventually obtained the no-knock warrant, although the delay kept Brown free in the meantime. And when he was caught, they retrieved a loaded 9mm handgun that he could have used against them had they been forced to strike first.
- Another warrant case ended worse: Detectives union boss Paul DiGiacomo says Bragg turned down warrant requests for weapon used by Tyrell Rodgers (23 alumni) in robbery army. In March, Rodgers allegedly used this weapon to fatally kill another man.
- In January, cops charged Christian Hall with third-degree robbery for allegedly shoplifting and threatening workers with scissors at a TJ Maxx store. Bragg’s underlings reduced this to petty larceny; a month later, Hall allegedly punched a sanitation worker.
- Everyone deserves one second luck, but Bragg gave a defendant his 60th: In February, Nicole Green, who had 59 busts under her belt, was arrested in an assault case but released after Bragg’s office requested a supervised release.
- Bragg prosecutors helped Darius Mungin, a suspect in an Upper West Side murder (yes, murder), agreeing to cut his link. They raised concerns for Mungin’s safety following the gang attacks, but why not try to convince prison officials to protect him instead?
It’s just a sample of Bragg’s abandonment. And with crime still on the rise, it’s clear the bad guys got his message: In New York, Bragg will let you slide.
All of the Republican gubernatorial candidates and one Democratic candidate, Tom Suozzi, have vowed to oust Bragg if he doesn’t do his job. Yet Hochul won’t even criticize him.
If New Yorkers want to follow San Francisco’s lead and get rid of their Manhattan attorney, they’ll have to fire Hochul first.
New York Post