Soft On Crime: New Manhattan D.A. Lied About Stats To Justify This Insane Policy
The Manhattan District Attorney's office "intentionally omitted all facts" regarding a violent theft in a Chelsea store — including keeping key information about an alleged weapon used during the crime — leading to a mere shoplifting charge and the liberation of an "assault and robbery recidivist," according to an NYPD union, sources, and court documents.
Newly-elected DA Alvin Bragg has already been grilled for his left-wing ideology and downplaying the crime in NYC, which has even had the NYPD's top cop worried for the safety of her officers.
On Friday night, the NYPD's Sergeant Benevolent Association added fuel to a raging inferno, claiming in a beware-of-Bragg note to members that an assistant district attorney in Manhattan was apparently seen trying to white-wash court records in a shoplifting case at a TJ Maxx store on 6th Ave and West 18th Street.
The firestorm came as: Police busted Cristian Hall, 30 — who's been captured 21 times with nine cases still open, including robbery with a deadly weapon and assault — for attempting to rip off the store.
An assistant district attorney's affidavit including no citation of the claimed weapon or threats in Hall's latest arrest.
The arresting officer refused to sign off on it until supervisors intervene and the record was fixed. Hall was released without bail after his arrest* NYPD officials scrambled to try to address future conflicts. Bragg claimed surprise about the SBA backlash.
"It has come to our attention that during the processing of a Manhattan shoplifting arrest where the suspect threatened employees with a pair of cutting-shears, the ADA preparing the accusatory instrument intentionally omitted all facts related to the perp threatening the employees with a weapon," SBA President Vincent Vallelong wrote in the email obtained by The Post. "Fortunately, the arresting officer had the sense to refuse to sign."
According to a criminal complaint, Hall, 30, was caught at the TJ Maxx store at about 1:30 p.m Thursday.
A store security guard reported seeing Hall "remove several items, including bedding, women's shoes, and bath supply items from the shelves and bypass the store cash registers without paying for the items," the arresting officer wrote in the complaint.
The guard said when he came to Hall "the defendant displayed a pair of shears." He then pointed them toward the guard and said "Don't f—ing touch me" before leaving the store, according to the complaint.
Yet the Assistant District Attorney's petit larceny affidavit "only stated 'defendant stole and possessed stolen property' and not that he displayed cutting shears and stated 'Don't f—ing touch me,'"– which the officer refused to sign, according to an internal NYPD memo seen by The Post. And he "only" stole a few items, so what?