State lawmakers in New York are calling on Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul to remove Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg from office after the rogue pro-crime prosecutor released a gang of illegal migrants without bail after they attacked NYPD officers.
Bragg is facing a widespread backlash over the move after videos of the shocking attack went viral around the world.
Many have highlighted Bragg’s ongoing prosecution of President Donald Trump which is being relentlessly pursued while crime runs rampant in New York City.
The New York Senate Republicans are now urging Gov. Hochul to remove Bragg from office over his “unconscionable handling” of the illegal migrant suspects in the violent mob attack, the New York Post reported.
Only a few of the roughly dozen suspects seen in the caught-on-video assault have been arrested.
However, all but one of the suspects was subsequently released from jail without any bail.
It is now believed that several of the released suspects have fled the state, with taxpayer-funded travel, to avoid any criminal charges brought belatedly in response to public pressure on the prosecutor.
In the letter sent Tuesday to Hochul signed by 19 GOP state senators, the lawmakers wrote:
“Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s unconscionable handling of the recent attack on two NYPD officers by a gang of migrants outside of a Times Square shelter must be the final straw.”
“The public safety of New Yorkers is clearly at risk.
“We urgently ask you to exercise your power under the State Constitution and the Public Officers Law to remove District Attorney Alvin Bragg from office.”
The letter noted that video of the incident showed a mob of around a dozen illegal migrants violently attacking two NYPD officers, how only seven suspects had been arrested to date, how six of those arrestees were then released without bail by Bragg’s office — one even defiantly flipping off reporters as he exited the jail — and how at least four of those suspects are believed to have fled to California.
“From the moment he took office, DA Bragg has thumbed his nose at crime victims, turned his back on the police, and has selectively prosecuted criminals for political reasons only,” the senators wrote.
“His incredibly poor judgment is matched only by his unwillingness to take criminals off the streets.
“It is clear that DA Bragg has no interest in prosecuting criminals and no desire to support law enforcement, which in turn, makes New Yorkers less safe,” they continued.
“We need a District Attorney that will enforce the law and do what is necessary to not only get the criminals off the streets but also send the message that lawlessness will not be tolerated.”
The letter to the governor concluded:
“DA Bragg is failing at performing the basic duties of his position, and for the safety of all New Yorkers, you must remove him from the office of Manhattan District Attorney immediately.”
The Post reported that State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, who signed the letter to the governor, told reporters Tuesday that DA Bragg “is running a public defenders’ office out of the district attorney’s office.”
For what it is worth, Bragg released a statement over the weekend, undoubtedly due to the public outcry, to insist that his office has continued to work together with the NYPD to positively identify the group of migrant assailants.
He strongly implied that additional criminal charges could soon be forthcoming against them.
However, after the migrants fled the state, it’s now highly unlikely that the suspects will face justice.
It is also notable that Hochul, in an MSNBC interview on Tuesday, was sharply critical of the “frustrating” release of the attackers without bail, even as the crime is eligible for bail in the otherwise lenient state.
The governor asserted that the migrants who assaulted the NYPD officers should have been held in custody due to the nature of the crime.
“I want them to be prosecuted. I want them convicted,” the governor said.
“I want them to do time in jail, and then we deport them because if we just send them back to their home country, who knows what, whether there will ever be any consequences.”
Republican Minority Leader Rob Ortt, in response to Hochul’s remarks, told the Post:
“If Governor Hochul is serious, she believes they should have been deported, then she should fire Alvin Bragg, she should remove him from office because he simply is not performing the duties that we expect the district attorney to do.”