(BrightPress.org) – New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg has a troubled history of downgrading felony charges, decreasing felony convictions, dropping felony charges altogether, and failing to insist on bail for suspected felons. Bragg was elected based on his promise not to pursue marijuana-related charges, but he also promised to avoid prosecution for a host of minor crimes: turnstile jumping, trespassing, prostitution, and resisting arrest for non-criminal offenses are just a few examples of the crimes Bragg refuses to prosecute.
When it comes to Donald Trump, however, he went all out to throw the proverbial book at him. While the media has worked hard to avoid the George Soros connection, the documents don’t lie. Bragg was given $1 million toward his bid via the Color of Change PAC from Soros, while many of his family members gave directly to Bragg’s campaign.
The data doesn’t lie: Bragg’s brief tenure as DA has allowed him to downgrade 52% of felonies to misdemeanors. This means slaps on the wrists for potentially violent criminals who should be behind bars with the freedom to commit more crimes in the future. Bragg overwhelmingly supports offenders over law enforcement and victims.
Compare that to 39% of felonies being downgraded in 2019. The former DA Cyrus Vance was also considered far left in his policies, and even he never downgraded more than 40 percent of his felonies.
Bragg even announced the plan to downgrade charges in a memo to his staff immediately after his election. That memo urged downgrading charges like armed robbery to petty larceny because he wanted convicts to spend less time in jail.
A perfect example of this policy and its outcome can be seen in the case of Marcus Wright. Wright’s $1400 theft was downgraded from grand larceny to petty and he was let go by police. Keep in mind, this individual already had 36 arrests on his record, suggesting he would likely re-offend. Wright randomly punched a woman in the face less than a month after being let go and was freed without bail. Bragg is a big fan of so-called ‘bail reform’ which seems like an excuse to let violent repeat offenders back on the streets.
Bragg’s tendency to avoid prosecuting real criminals while harassing his political enemies is problematic, to say the least.
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