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Outrage Grows over Soros-Backed Manhattan DA’s Soft-on-Crime Policies

AMAC Exclusive- By Andrew Abbott

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Standing before a congregation at Abyssinian Baptist Church this past Sunday, newly installed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg admitted that “it has been a challenging two weeks” since he took office. Given all that’s happened both inside the DA’s office and on the streets of New York City over that span, that comment may be an early contender for understatement of the year.

Bragg’s trouble began on January 3 when he released his “Policies and Procedure memo.” Effective immediately, the memo essentially says, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office will explicitly do everything in its power to avoid incarcerating accused and convicted criminals in all but the most extreme cases.

In addition to seeking “alternatives” to incarceration, the DA’s office said it will also outright refuse to prosecute a myriad of “minor” crimes. Among those crimes are all marijuana misdemeanors, refusing to pay for public transportation; all non-felonious traffic infractions; prostitution; and resisting arrest. So while you can no longer legally enter a restaurant without a COVID vaccine in America’s largest city, you can run from the cops by fare-hopping onto the subway and later smoke weed on the street corner while prostituting yourself – without any worry of trouble from DA Bragg.

Bragg also revealed that his office would automatically and significantly downgrade several serious felonies to misdemeanors. Specifically, Third Degree Robbery and Second Degree Robbery while the criminal “displays what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearms,” will all be downgraded to Petit Larceny, a Class A misdemeanor. First Degree Robbery involving a deadly weapon, threatening “the immediate use of a dangerous instrument, “or while displaying a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, or other firearms,” will also be charged as a misdemeanor.

In response to these new policies, many prosecutors in the Manhattan DA’s office have chosen to head for the exits rather than be part of the new regime. Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, the lead on the Harvey Weinstein case, departed last week after being with the office since 1988. One source inside the office said that the departures appear to be driven by “a cultural and radical shift in policy.”

Andrew Giuliani, a Republican running for Governor of New York and son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, also launched a petition along with Curtis Sliwa, who was the GOP candidate for New York City Mayor last year, to recall Bragg from office. While the effort is unlikely to be successful, as it would require the State Legislature to approve a ballot referendum, the online petition has garnered more than 10,000 signatures in less than a week, suggesting that opposition to Bragg’s policies is already growing just days after they were implemented.

In addition to law-abiding residents, the city’s police officers have been particularly outspoken against Bragg’s new policies, as many are now finding themselves wondering why they should risk their lives stopping criminals that the DA’s office will refuse to prosecute. New York’s newly elected Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said she was “deeply troubled” by DA Bragg’s Jan 3 memo and “very concerned about the implications to [the safety of] police officers, the safety of the public, and justice for the victims.” Bragg’s office dismissed her concerns, and Bragg later theorized that she “misread” the memo. He then attempted to assuage the fears of New Yorkers in a recent interview by saying that “the policy is very, very clear. You go into a store with a gun to rob someone, that is going to be prosecuted…The policy is crystal clear on that…If you walk in with a gun and stick a store up, that’s a robbery.”

Despite these assurances, that is not how it appears to be playing out so far. Last week, for example, the New York Post reported that William Rolon, who has 16 misdemeanor convictions and has failed to appear in court eight times, was only charged with a misdemeanor, not robbery, after allegedly threatening a drug store worker with a knife. “Based on your record, you would have faced a long period of time in jail if convicted,” Judge Jay Weiner told Rolon. “The newly elected district attorney has new policies. You’re not charged with robbery; you’re charged with a misdemeanor here.” Under New York’s bail reform laws, Rolon was also released without bond.

Given that New York was already experiencing a record spike in violent crimes before Bragg took office, imposing an extreme set of policies that are even more lenient for criminals may seem like a puzzling move. However, Bragg is one of a growing number of high-profile DA’s funded by billionaire George Soros, who has in recent years taken an unusual interest in local prosecutor races. Soros reportedly spent $1 million on Bragg’s campaign and became the latest in a line of dozens of radically progressive District Attorneys hand-picked and financially backed by Soros. In all of those cities with Soros-backed District Attorneys, which include Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and now, New York, crime is continuing to worsen while those who are supposed to prosecute criminals are going out of their way to keep dangerous offenders out of prison while seemingly showing little concern for the victims they’ve criminalized.

However, despite Soros’s influence and the left’s obsession with such “restorative justice,” the devastation wrought by policies like those advanced by Bragg may ultimately prove too much for even other liberal Democrats to condone. New York City’s four other District Attorneys have already blasted Bragg for his soft on crime approach and are deeply concerned that the violence his policies could unleash could spill over into their districts. New York Mayor Eric Adams, a former police chief who ran on a platform of law and order, claims to be similarly concerned. For his own sake and for that of the people under his protection, let’s hope Bragg chooses to heed their concerns over Soros’s and reverse course on his already failed policies.  

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture. 


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mmkrzus
2 months ago

The left has really corrupted everything they’ve touched. There is a reason that incarceration is on the books—it is to keep citizens safe. What else is government there to do????

Gary
3 months ago

Bragg’s Memo is prima facia evidence of his malfeasance in office . And , of his violation of his oath of office . He should be charged with his corruption , not bailed , tried, convicted and jailed for his crimes .

DAMON A LENZA
3 months ago

When are the FBI going to go after Soros for trying to destroy law and order in our country.

Bill
3 months ago

I don’t understand how Soros is able to undermine America’s government/people and has not been held accountable; and deported back to his own country for trial!

Richard
4 months ago

It will be real life imitating old time matinee movies. On the margue will be Madd Maxx Beyond Thunderdome, The Purge, Death Wish, and for the finale Escape From New York. Price of admission will be outrageous taxation and fees, your property subject to theft and vandalism,, and your health, well being, and very life in deadly jeopardy everywhere at all times. They got what they voted for.

Robert Zuccaro
4 months ago

Criminals are merely victims of the oppressive racist white capitalist society, don’t ya know?

Pat R
4 months ago

Bus all criminals, illegals, etc., to Soros’ home in NY. He wants the US overrun with both, so let’s start with his residence.

EAA
4 months ago

Whatever “humanitarian” causes this man may have supported, his meddling in the affairs of nations needs to be exposed and rejected.

Philip Hammersley
4 months ago

The national GOP should expose ANY race anywhere in which Soros or one of his money-laundered tax-free “charities” contributes to any candidate. Have a SEAL team capture him and send him back to Hungary where he is under indictment!

mmkrzus
2 months ago

But the national GOP are wusses. They are abiding by rules of the 1950s gentlemen’s game, while the left has moved on and are playing by the rules of a Russian disinformation game. We need to kick the GOP in the butt. This is a different time!

MJC
4 months ago

George Soros and others have been carefully placing DAs around the country for years. What is the GOP plan………..crickets!!

Gary
3 months ago
Reply to  MJC

Unfortunately , most Republican men have no balls. However, of late, the new Republican female members of Congress seem to have more nerve than the ‘men’ .

Steve jacks
4 months ago

One other point on Soros Did yu know he’s been run out of his home Country of Hungary?? That being said why should we allow him in this Country??

Boaz
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve jacks

Great question. I wonder just how many are on his payroll? Probably be people we should know about!

Pat R
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve jacks

Years ago Hungary ran him out & he’s not allowed to return. I’ve been saying the same thing for years, but his multi-billions$$ buy a lot of individuals’ influence. I personally feel he sees this country as a challenge to take down. He thinks he can so is doing all possible to make it happen by overrunning us with illegals, putting ‘his chosen’ people in political positions throughout the country and now DAs in multiple states, with the intent of just what this article portends.

Steve jacks
4 months ago

George Soros should have been run out of this Country years ago He says he’s a Jew but he’s really an atheist. Do yu know that he helped Hitler confiscate property of the Jews in World War II?? Not meany people know this, Very evil man-hanging would be too good for him…..

Philip Hammersley
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve jacks

He admitted to it on “60 Minutes” years ago but our current “media” won’t replay it for “some reason.”

Pat R
4 months ago

Likely because they’re in his pocket. In that interview he even stated he has no remorse. Not only should he be excommunicated from the USA, but his assets frozen and confiscated as well. And shut down his political organizations, esp. Open Society. He’s a one-world-order believer and uses his wealth to make it happen. The USA is the biggest roadblock to that end, thereby his past and current workings to take us down.

J.S.
4 months ago

Soros-backed New York D.A.
First, the double standard will never go away. What is Bragg doing in a Baptist church? Was it on Sunday? Democrats choose to break the law whenever it will serve their purposes. Aren’t there stipulations placed on politicking in places of worship? Of course, after decades of this practice, everyone has grown used to democrats who routinely practice this. OK for them, not Republicans.
Second, campaign finance reform drafted by the democrats must have something to say about how much money a candidate can accept from an outside donor. One million for Bragg’s campaign? Smacks of illegal donations to a public campaign.
Third, Bragg – anarchist.

Ryans Dad
4 months ago

Why can’t a private citizen bring charges?

Karen
4 months ago

Another guy who should be charged with treason and hung.

Mary
4 months ago

Find Soros and put him in prison and lose the key! He is evil!

Boaz
4 months ago
Reply to  Mary

So is his don!!

David Maddox
4 months ago

Bragg is a fool, and Soros…..money will buy you nothing in Hell.

Philip Hammersley
4 months ago
Reply to  David Maddox

He said he “thinks (he is) a god.” Won’t he be in for a big surprise. Harry Blackmun, notorious RBG, Teddy Kennedy, etc. will “welcome” him to perdition.

Tom
4 months ago

For all the negative things he is done to this country his citizenship should be stripped. And all of his foundations and organizations should be prohibited from doing business in this country any longer. I don’t care how much money he has we don’t need it especially if it’s going to be spent the way he spends it. He doesn’t live here so what is he care? That’s the point he doesn’t.

Ryans Dad
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Wrong! He does care what happens in this country- he is trying to destroy it! And he is well along the way!! Our State leaders MUST address this problem and do it soon!

Perhaps the mayors and/or other city/county officials should be given the authority to override a prosecutor’s decision, and if he is overridden more than once, he should be removed and a new prosecutor appointed.

Will Henry
4 months ago

Down grade some crimes? That why this country is going to suffer more crimes.

Russ
4 months ago

Soros has promised to destroy the USA. So far it is working. We need to stand up for what is right. Use some common sense and get rid of this bought and payed for prosecutor. “We the People” own this country, not Soros and his evil.

Ryans Dad
4 months ago
Reply to  Russ

I’d support the Clinton method of dealing with nuisances. Yup! For Sure!!

Adios, George!!

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