As I wrote Monday about Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office and its lack of conviction for convictions or even requesting bail, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell and outgoing NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey ripped into the criminal justice system.
“We are arresting the same people over and over again,” Sewell told reporters on Monday. “I understand that there are people who believe that this has no effect, but it does.
“We know what we see every single day,” she added.
“Judges need to have the ability to determine if someone is a public safety threat to the community and to determine if a person who is a recidivist can be given bail,” she said, taking a swipe at New York’s disastrous reforms that bar its jurists from setting bail on nearly all misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.
Sewell cited Wilfredo Ocasio, 44, who remains free despite being busted on petit larceny charges 33 times since mid-August, including on Nov. 16 when he was arrested for 23 separate thefts from two Duane Reade stores in Manhattan, according to court records and police sources
He’s the NYPD’s new poster boy for bail “reform.”
Corey also brought up Ocasio in directly when speaking with reporters.
“Just this past weekend [a] detective squad sergeant down in the First Precinct covering Lower Manhattan, Soho, Tribeca, Financial District reached out to me to express her frustration over an individual that they had arrested and charged with 21 separate crimes,” Corey said.
“That’s right, that’s 21 different victims, 21 different dates,” he said. “They thought that the aggregate at least of that — you victimize 21 people on 21 different occasions — would get him held. It didn’t, he added.
“A simple tweak of the law,” Corey said last week. “Give judges the discretion to hold dangerous offenders, and crime in New York plummets. It doesn’t come down gradually.
“We know who drives crime in New York City, and we continue to arrest them over and over and over again,” he said. “You put those people in jail, [and] crimes will drop.”
NYPD statistics revealed earlier this year that a small group of just 10 career criminals was allowed to run amok across the Big Apple and rack up a total of 485 arrests after the state enacted its controversial bail reform law in 2020.