New York Mayor Eric Adams has harshly criticized the release of a man who allegedly beat someone with a baseball bat on Nov. 29 after his girlfriend posted $7,500 bail on Wednesday.
Adams made the comments on CNN’s “Smerconish” Saturday morning, saying the bail laws in place benefit the suspect, not the victim.
“Every time we do our work as law enforcement and city administrators, we see this revolving door system of catch, release and repeat that is really taking place across the country. I say this over and over again “When are we going to pass laws that are going to protect the innocent in this city and in this country? We have to stop passing laws that protect the guilty,” Adams said.
Karim Azizi, 36, was arrested around 8 a.m. Wednesday and charged with assault, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a Nov. 29 attack that took place on Amsterdam Avenue and West 148th Street in Harlem.
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The alleged attack was caught on surveillance video and shows the suspect punching a 47-year-old man with a baseball bat in the head before walking away.
The suspect returned and video shows he yelled at the victim.
Azizi’s girlfriend posted bail on Wednesday and he was released from jail on Thursday morning.
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“He has posted the full $7,500 bond amount and is free,” Azizi’s attorney Jason Goldman said in a statement.
Initially, prosecutors asked that Azizi’s bail be set at $40,000, citing the violent nature of the alleged attack. The court would then set his bail at $7,500, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
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Azizi’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 12.
Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo and Marta Dhanis contributed to this report.