This is not an accident. This is “criminal justice reform“.
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday rejected renewed calls to give judges new powers to keep pre-trial suspects behind bars, delivering a potential setback to a key part of Mayor Eric Adams’ new plan to tackle gun violence.
“I will absolutely stand behind the fundamental premise on why we needed bail reform in the first place.”
All the cops can do under these conditions is feed these monsters through the revolving door.
Donny Ubiera, 32, stabbed two straphangers — one in the face and the other in the neck — without provocation in separate incidents Friday and Saturday morning along the Flushing-to-Midtown No. 7 subway line, the NYPD said in a statement.
The accused serial slasher had just gotten out of jail Thursday — with a single night of “time served” — for allegedly refusing to put down a large knife when confronted by Queens officers on the street and then trying to flee with it the day before.
This is the blood on the hands of everyone who advocated and continues to advocate for “criminal justice reform” which means freeing criminals.
The first transit-system attack occurred at 8:40 a.m. during the Friday rush at Queensboro Plaza in Long Island City, Queens, and left the 62-year-old victim with cuts to the face and hand, according to police.
There was so much blood in the train car that it had to be taken out of service, sources said.
A functioning criminal justice system would have stuck him behind bars a long time ago. And kept him there.
His previous run-ins with the law also include a Jan. 8 incident in which he allegedly whipped out a large knife and threatened a bodega worker who tried to stop him from shoplifting a beer on 74th Street in Jackson Heights, Queens.
Just weeks earlier, on Dec. 27, Ubiera was arrested for four different attacks committed that day, including an assault on two employees of a Duane Reade on East 2nd Street in Manhattan and another on two deli workers at Sunny and Annie’s in Alphabet City.
This is criminal justice reform. Fixing it isn’t about police, it’s about restoring a functioning criminal justice system.
“This is nothing if not predictable,’’ disgusted NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell fumed in a statement Sunday, railing against the city’s criminal-justice system for so easily freeing suspects such as Ubiera.
“Your police are doing their job. We keep arresting him,” she said of the suspect, who has at least 14 prior arrests, including for assaults.
“His record demonstrates that each time he is involved in unprovoked violence against innocent victims, the criminal justice system has him back to the streets and the subways rather than jail or psychiatric treatment. He inevitably targets another victim.”
The cops can’t fix this. The prisons have to start having locks on their doors again.