Franklin Graham took to Facebook today to comment on the new Democrat NY bail reform bill that took effect Jan. 1, and the ramifications that are already faced by Police; Rev Graham explains that the new law is a dream come true for criminals but an absolute nightmare for law enforcement and innocent Citizens:
This is a criminal’s dream come true! Thugs must be jumping for joy about New York’s new bail reform law that went into effect Jan. 1—Charles Barry is. This man has been arrested 139 times, 6 times just since the beginning of this year! With the new law, he’s been released every time without even having to post bail since his offenses were “nonviolent.” This repeat subway robber is thrilled and knows who to thank. He yelled to reporters, “It’s the Democrats!”
Don’t lawmakers see that this bail reform law is encouraging crime, not enforcing the laws? Are the police supposed to keep arresting people, only to have them immediately released to break the law again? It may be a dream come true for criminals, but this is a nightmare for law enforcement and for innocent citizens.
Charles Barry was more recently arrested last Thursday for ‘jumping a subway turnstile’. Barry has made a career of criminal activity robbing people at subway stations, by repeatedly dressing as an MTA official and helping people “buy tickets,” Fox News reported as well as his most recent comment following his release:
“I’m famous! I take $200, $300 a day of your money, cr—-r! You can’t stop me!” Barry shouted to reporters. “It’s a great thing. It’s a beautiful thing. They punk’ed people out for bullsh– crimes.”
A high-ranking official in the New York City Police Department said because of the new bail reform law, offenders like Barry are released and then repeat the same crimes because judges cannot order them to be held in jail before trial. Sometimes, what begins as a nonviolent crime often turns violent if a robbery goes awry, he added.
“At least before, he’d be remanded and be behind bars for a couple of days. He wouldn’t be able to victimize people,” Assistant Chief Gerald Dieckmann, the No. 2 officer in the NYPD’s Transit Bureau, told the New York Daily News. “When someone doesn’t pay them or give them the money, it’ll turn into a robbery, a slashing an assault.”
Charles Barry’s legal representation is arguing that the NYPD is attempting to spread fear about the bail reform law, saying in a statement: “Locking up Mr. Barry on unaffordable bail or worse, remanding without bail, ultimately does nothing to protect the public and fails entirely to address his actual needs.”
In an interview with Fox and Friends Nassau County Executive Lauran Curran, explained that this law lacks in “common sense”, and brought forward two examples of what other crimes beyond theft would also not require bail under this law:
“If you sell five kilos of cocaine, again no bail,” she said. “If you’re [arrested for] DWI and a child who is a passenger in the car dies, no bail.”