Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday called the recent on-camera assault on an NYPD officer a “clear case” for reversing New York’s controversial bail reform law to crack down on violent criminals.
A video clip made exclusively available to The Post on Monday allegedly shows a 16-year-old boy punching a police officer during a confrontation at an Upper Manhattan subway station on Saturday night.
Adams said “one aspect that was missing from the recording” was the fact that the teenager was arrested for robbery “a few days ago” on Wednesday.
“Now he’s back and he’s deciding he’s not going to pay his fare,” Adams said during a news conference at City Hall.
“The transit officer could have arrested him for not paying his fare. He didn’t. He told him to leave this system and in response we saw what happened on video.”
Adams added, “We need to look at violent offenders and this is a clear case for that.”
“We’re saying: Check the bail laws in the area of violent offenders – violent offenders,” he said.
“Robbery is a violent crime. But once we catch them, the system releases them and they repeat the action… When I say we’re the laughingstock of the country, I mean it.”
Sources said the teenager was arrested on Wednesday and charged with second-degree robbery, a felony, over a June 21 incident in which he and three others allegedly jumped a 49-year-old man.
The victim was walking on Madison Avenue and East 40th Street when the four robbers lunged, knocked him to the ground and ran off with his cellphone, the sources said.
The teenager in that case was apparently released without bail later Wednesday, just days before the East Harlem subway incident that also involved a teenage girl.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the incident was “another example of people being emboldened by a system that just days ago immediately released one of them after he was arrested for robbery.”
“Once again they are being shown that there are no consequences for violent crime,” Sewell tweeted.
https://nypost.com/2022/07/26/eric-adams-calls-cop-attack-reason-for-ny-bail-reform-fix/ Eric Adams calls police attack reason for bail bond reform in New York