NYPD Chief Applauded For Push Back Against Pro-Bail Reform Lawmaker

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the misguided and failed no-bail  “Less is More” act  in 2021, and the results have been a disaster.

The Less is More Act gives more leniency to parolees and removes reasons to put parolees back behind bars.  According the the New York Post, “It removes technical parole violations like being late for an appointment, missing a curfew or finding alcohol or drugs in urine samples. And the act would speed up the timeframe to judicial review for any violations.”

At an anti-crime summit in Manhattan on Thursday, NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey pushed back against comments from Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-The Bronx) who intimated that cops “have the attitude” that bail reform would just return anyone arrested right back on the streets.

The audience responded to Maddrey’s comments with applause.

The New York Post reports:

The audience at a Manhattan anti-crime summit burst into applause Thursday when a top police official pushed back against a state lawmaker who defended New York’s controversial bail reform law and accused cops of not making enough arrests.

NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey appeared upset when Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-The Bronx) alleged that many cops “have the attitude” that bail reform would put anyone they busted right back on the streets.

“It’s really not their call to decide whether somebody should be arrested because they’re going to be let out. That’s up to others to make those determinations,” he added.

When given a chance to fire back, Maddrey pointed to statistics about repeat offenders cited earlier by the moderator of their Manhattan Chamber of Commerce panel discussion.

“Respectfully, assemblyman…there would not be repeat offenders if the officers were not constantly arresting them,” Maddrey said to applause.

“So…with all respect to you, I’m not gonna stand here with the notion that my cops are walking away and not making arrests. When we are constantly arresting the same people, I think it proves that we are.”

Maddrey angrily continued, “I had a young officer shot on Tuesday because he was right where we asked him to be and he was out there doing his job.

“He got hit by gunfire because he was there. Respectfully, assemblyman, our officers are out there and working,” Maddrey said to a second round of applause.

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