Burgerregte-prokureur ontbloot rede agter landwye misdaadpiek, is beskuldigde of abandoning the law and traditional law enforcement procedures in his third day on the job with a memo ordering prosecutors not to seek prison sentences for a slew of crimes and to downgrade charges – including for robberies and commercial burglaries.
Gowdy called the new directive “dangerously stupid.”
“The problem is he doesn’t want to be a prosecutor,” die “Sunday Night in America” host told viewers. “He has a hard time finding crimes he wants to prosecute…and even when he can be bothered to prosecute. He doesn’t believe in prison. So we have a prosecutor who doesn’t like prosecuting or punishing crime. I wonder if he might be happier as a defense attorney or maybe working for the editorial board at the New York Times.”
Bragg’s memo states robbery charge should be downgraded to a petit larceny if the brandishing of the weapon “does not create a genuine risk of physical harm.” The DA also said he will stop prosecuting other crimes – including some trespass offenses, resisting arrest and fare evasion, but plans to aggressively seek “alternatives to incarceration” for cases that do warrant prosecution.
Gowdy said the new policies would seemingly eliminate the role of police, juries and judges.
“We hear the phrase ‘threat to democracy’ a lot,” hy het gesê. “What would you call a prosecutor who decides to ignore laws passed by legislative bodies and eliminates the role for police, juries and judges. Is that anti-democratic when one person issues a memo obviating the criminal code? Why would the police arrest anyone who isn’t going to be prosecuted? Why should the police risk their lives or risk being sued to investigate crimes the prosecutor will either reduce to probation or dismiss?”
“Does that sound progressive or insane?” Gowdy asked, emphasizing that policies like these ultimately hurt the people most likely to be victimized, “which is often communities of color and those who don’t live behind gates or have a security detail.”