Eric Adams' NYPD commissioner blasts Manhattan DA's soft-on-crime approach in memo

As you all have likely heard by now, 今週, the Manhattan District Attorney made public new policies about what charges the office would decline to prosecute and or downgrade,” Sewell, appointed by New York City Mayor Eric Adams, said in the memo obtained by WNBC. “I have studied these policies, and I am very concerned about the implications to your safety as police officers, the safety of the public and justice for the victims. I am making my concerns known to the Manhattan District Attorney and hope to have frank and productive discussions to try and reach more common ground.

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首にナイフを持っていた, Bragg released a sweeping memo instructing his office not to prosecute certain low-level offenses, including resisting arrest, マリファナの軽罪, prostitution and evading subway or bus fare and trespassing. He also told prosecutors to downgrade charges for most low-level drug dealers and called for leniency for commercial robberies – to instead treat hold-ups that did not result in injury and demonstratedno genuine risk of physical harmas misdemeanor petit larceny, not a felony.

FILE - アルヴィン・ブラッグ, Manhattan District Attorney, speaks with supporters on election night in New York, 火曜日, 11月. 2, 2021. (ファイルhoto/Craig Ruttle, File)

ファイル – アルヴィン・ブラッグ, Manhattan District Attorney, speaks with supporters on election night in New York, 火曜日, 11月. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, ファイル) (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, ファイル)

Sewell argued in the internal memo how not prosecuting resisting arrest or obstructioninjects debate into decisions that would otherwise be uncontroversial,” 意志 “invite violence against police officers,” そして “will have deleterious effects on our relationship with the communities we protect.

If a person can get away with violating the law, not complying with a police officer’s direction and physically resisting the officer’s attempts to arrest them, what message are we sending?” Sewell wrote. “Interactions between officers and the public will needlessly escalate because the incentive to cooperate (「レームダック社長. 説明責任) is entirely eliminated from the equation.

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Bragg’s approach could also lead tomore open-air drug markets and drug use in Manhattan,” increased subway crime and dangers for officers as some firearm suspects skirt pre-trial detention, シーウェルは言った.

I believe in criminal justice reform. I believe in reform that make sense when applied collaboratively,” the police commissioner wrote in the memo, also obtained by the ニューヨークポスト. “In that same vein, I am concerned about sweeping edicts that seem to remove discretion, not just from police officers, but also from Assistant District Attorneys regarding what crimes to prosecute and how to charge them.

Bragg’s office responded early Saturday to reports about Sewell’s concerns, clarifying that his office will indeed prosecute a gunpoint store hold-up even if no one is injured.

New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams announces Keechant Sewell as his pick for the New York Police Departments police commissioner at a press conference on December 15, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York City. Sewell a 22-year veteran of the force and a once member of the hostage negotiations team steps down from her position as chief of detectives in Nassau County to become the NYPD's first woman police commissioner.

New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams announces Keechant Sewell as his pick for the New York Police Departments police commissioner at a press conference on December 15, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York City. Sewell a 22-year veteran of the force and a once member of the hostage negotiations team steps down from her position as chief of detectives in Nassau County to become the NYPD’s first woman police commissioner. ((写真提供:David Dee Delgado / Getty Images))

We share Commissioner Sewell’s call for frank and productive discussions to reach common ground on our shared mission to deliver safety and justice for all and look forward to the opportunity to clear up some misunderstandings,” Bragg said in a statement. “This conversation, that has already started, is best done directly and not through the media.

“その間, I want all New Yorkers to know that safety is paramount for our office,” 彼は続けた. “I’ve prosecuted gun cases and if you use a gun to rob a store, or any armed robbery, you will be prosecuted for a felony. I’ve prosecuted cases involving assaulting law enforcement, and if you punch a police officer, you will be prosecuted for a felony. All must be held accountable for their actions.

Fox News Digital reached out to Adamsoffice Sunday seeking comment about Sewell’s concerns.

This comes as Adams at least publicly seemed to back Bragg’s approach, ニューヨークポストによると.

Adams was the center of controversy this week over his pick for deputy mayor despite ethics concerns. Philip Banks resigned from the New York City Department in 2014 and was named as anunindicted co-conspiratorin a federal corruption investigation that resulted in several convictions.

Adams also appointed his brother, a retired NYPD sergeant, as deputy NYPD police commissioner.

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