Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg on Wednesday refused to reply questions on how his progressive new insurance policies let a profession legal stroll free on mere misdemeanor costs for an alleged armed theft.
Arriving to his workplace in Decrease Manhattan early Wednesday, the brand new high prosecutor was grilled on The Publish’s front-page story about William Rolon, the needed ex-con whose armed theft costs had been downgraded to misdemeanors as per Bragg’s “Day One” memo.
“I’m not going to debate an open matter. Thanks,” he informed The Publish earlier than strolling into his workplace.
The Manhattan DA’s press workplace has repeatedly ignored questions on Rolon’s case and the choice to downgrade costs.
Bragg, nonetheless, stood by the polices which have sparked backlash beginning on his very first day in workplace on Jan. 3.
“We’re going to maintain on doing the best factor the best means and doing our job,” he insisted Wednesday morning when requested about “all of the controversy” from his statements about plans to maintain extra criminals on the road.
Bragg additionally touched on his “productive” assembly with new NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell — who informed her officers that she was involved Bragg’s insurance policies might them in hurt’s means — to debate “issues.”
Requested in the event that they had been on the “identical wavelength,” Bragg pointed to the assertion launched Tuesday following the sit down, saying, “We issued a joint launch, which speaks for itself.”
Bragg’s “Day One” memo detailed his plans to cease in search of jail sentences for hordes of criminals and to downgrade felony costs in circumstances together with armed robberies and drug dealing.
These insurance policies immediately led to the discount of costs for Rolon, a 43-year-old profession legal who allegedly threatened a Decrease East Facet Duane Reade retailer employee with a knife after she noticed him filling a plastic trash bag with greater than $2,200 value of things.
He was arrested when he went again to the identical retailer to allegedly steal extra gadgets later the identical day.
Cops charged Rolon with first-degree theft and legal possession of a weapon within the first incident, sources stated.
However when he was arraigned in Manhattan Prison Court docket early Sunday, the theft cost was dropped by prosecutors and he was as a substitute charged with two counts of petit larceny and associated low-level offenses, together with second-degree menacing, court docket papers present.
Former Manhattan assistant district legal professional Daniel Ollen referred to as Bragg’s insurance policies “an affront to each law-abiding citizen in New York Metropolis.”
“Violent criminals now have carte blanche to re-offend, figuring out full effectively that they’ll by no means once more sniff the within of a jail cell,” he informed The Publish, including, “God assist us.”