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Prosecutor Bragg “absolutely” considering dropping charges in Jose Alba’s murder

Embattled Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said Tuesday that the city’s bodega owners have “absolutely” a chance for him to drop the murder charges against worker Jose Alba, though he gave himself plenty of leeway to avoid the controversial one case to continue, the group says.

Bragg came under fire from all sides, including Mayor Eric Adams, for charging Alba with the rap, although surveillance video clearly shows the Manhattan worker being attacked by an ex-convict, whom the clerk eventually stabbed in alleged self-defense would have.

United Bodegas of America’s behind-closed-doors meeting with Bragg at his Manhattan office was “very, very good,” with the group’s prosecutor telling the 61-year-old Alba could drop the charges against him, Fernando Mateo said, the group’s representative, after the huddle.

“We felt really good because his tone was very soothing. His demeanor was very direct and he said: “I don’t understand why people jump to conclusions. I haven’t made any commitments. I’m investigating,'” recalled Mateo, who had told Bragg when asked about Alba’s case.

“I asked, ‘Are there any chances that you could drop these charges?’ And he said, ‘Absolutely.’”

The United Bodegas of America group is calling on lawmakers to pass a
The group United Bodegas of America wants lawmakers to pass a Stand Your Ground law to help small business owners.
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NY District Attorney Alvin Bragg ignored questions from this reporter who entered his office this morning
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg argued that the murder charges against Jose Alba may be dropped, the bodega owners’ group said.
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On July 1, Alba was toiling behind the counter at the Blue Moon convenience store in Hamilton Heights when 35-year-old Austin Simon attacked him after his girlfriend argued with the worker over a bag of chips she couldn’t pay for.

When Alba was attacked, he stabbed Simon five times, killing him – an action he regretted and regretted, telling The Post on Monday, while insisting it was all in the interest of self-defense.

During Monday’s meeting with the bodega owners, Bragg spoke to them about a number of results that are still on the table, Mateo said.

United Bodegas of America representative Fernando Mateo speaks to reporters after his meeting with Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.
United Bodegas of America representative Fernando Mateo claimed Manhattan prosecutor Alvin Bragg was still investigating Jose Alba’s self-defense case.
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Members of United Bodegas of America protest outside the Manhattan office of Attorney Alvin Bragg this morning.
Manhattan DAs disagree with bodega owners carrying firearms.
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“He gave us the whole routine of what happens when a crime or suspected crime is committed and what happens after. We are very confident that Jose Alba’s case will be dismissed, dropped by the district attorney,” Mateo said.

“He hasn’t made that decision yet, but he’s certainly left the doors and windows open for something like this to happen. So we have to sit and wait, not get impatient and not jump to conclusions.”

Francisco Marte, the founder of the Bodega and Small Business Association, told The Post he was in contact with Bragg’s office and his team called him on Tuesday to set up another meeting with Alba’s supporters.

At the meeting, UBA also asked Bragg for his thoughts on whether city bodega workers should be able to use a “stand your ground” defense similar to Florida law, which allows people to use deadly force, when they feel they are in danger. great bodily harm.”

New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg
Manhattan prosecutor Alvin Bragg insists he is not drawing “conclusions” in Jose Alba’s defense case.
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United Bodegas of America representative Fernando Mateo speaks to reporters after his meeting with Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.
United Bodegas of America representative Fernando Mateo speaks to reporters after his meeting with Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.
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The group also asked Bragg if he supports workers who carry firearms after the US Supreme Court ruled New Yorkers can carry guns without having to show they are needed for self-defense.

Mateo claimed Bragg said he supports law-abiding bodega workers who want to legally carry guns, but a prosecutor later clarified that while more people could now apply for gun permits, Bragg “did not encourage people to take up arms.”

“Since taking office, DA Bragg has met with numerous business owners, community leaders and other stakeholders on public safety issues. Today’s conversation focused on how to protect bodega owners and workers, including in a post-[Supreme Court ruling] world when more people can legally purchase and carry firearms,” ​​said Rep. Doug Cohen.

New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg initially held Jose Alba on $500,000 bail or bail.
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The United Bodegas of America group is calling on lawmakers to pass a
The group United Bodegas of America wants lawmakers to pass a Stand Your Ground law similar to that in Florida.
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“DA Bragg expressed his support for New York’s strict gun laws and stressed that more guns in our communities makes us less safe. We welcomed the opportunity to discuss how we can work together to promote safety on our roads and in our workplaces and look forward to continuing these conversations.”

Additional reporting by Georgett Roberts

https://nypost.com/2022/07/12/da-bragg-absolutely-considering-dropping-jose-alba-murder-charge/ Prosecutor Bragg “absolutely” considering dropping charges in Jose Alba’s murder

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