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New York Republican demands Gov. Hochul scrap criminal justice policies driving cop killings

A New York Republican demanded that Gov. Kathy Hochul abandon “disastrous criminal justice policies” that lead to police killings and put citizens in danger, the Post has learned.

Rep. Mike Lawler said in a letter to Hochul Wednesday that the governor should “repeal New York’s idiotic cashless bail policies,” reimpose the “dangerousness” standard when setting bail — and fire all members of the state parole board for repeatedly freeing cop killers. the streets.

Lawler also urged Hochul to enact new legislation – similar to one he introduced as a New York state legislator – that would impose life sentences without the possibility of parole for murderers on first and second degree convicted of murdering police officers, peace officers and first responders. and correctional officers.

New York Republican Rep. Mike Lawler is demanding that Gov. Kathy Hochul abandon “disastrous criminal justice policies” leading to police killings and endangering first responders and citizens. CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

“New Yorkers don’t feel safe. Under Democratic leadership in Albany, crime has not been brought under control,” Lawler told the governor.

“It is high time to act and make meaningful changes. I urge you to address these failures and reverse the trend to allow New Yorkers to feel safe in their communities.

On Friday, the uncle of slain NYPD officer Jonathan Diller confronted Hochul outside the wake for his nephew — who was shot by a suspected ex-convict during a traffic stop in Queens — and she left shortly after.

“New Yorkers don’t feel safe. Under Democratic leadership in Albany, crime has not been brought under control,” Lawler told the governor. Angus Mordant for the NY Post

“His blood is on your hands,” the grieving uncle shouted at the stone-faced governor, a source told the Post. “We don’t want you here. You are not wanted here. You have blood on your hands. If you want to do something, change the bail laws.

Another source told the Post that the governor had a “short, respectful conversation” with the bereaved family for “10 to 15 minutes” and was “not asked to leave” — but participants erupted in protest. applause as she left the Massapequa Funeral Home in Long. Island on the second day of Diller observation.

Grieving wife Stephanie Diller made an impassioned appeal to Empire State lawmakers at her husband’s funeral the next day, asking: “How many more police officers and how many more families must make the ultimate sacrifice before we begin to protect them?

On Friday, the uncle of slain New York Police Department officer Jonathan Diller confronted Hochul outside the wake for his nephew, who was shot to death by a suspected ex-convict during a traffic stop in Queens. Dennis A. Clark

Hochul criticized fellow Albany Democrats earlier this month for what she called “absurd” limits on state cash bail that applied the “least restrictive conditions” and put people back on the streets dangerous criminal defendants before their trial.

“I think everyone knows my positions on bail laws,” she told reporters Sunday, two days after her frosty reception at the wake for New York City police officers. “I was the one who tried to make changes to get back to where it was.”

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat, has already cast doubt on the decision to increase penalties as part of state budget negotiations, telling reporters that it “would never be a deterrent against crime.

“How many more police officers and how many more families must make the ultimate sacrifice before we start protecting them? asked grieving wife Stephanie Diller at her husband’s funeral.

Last year, Hochul, in a budget deal, helped remove a standard that required judges to consider only the “least restrictive” means of ensuring dangerous offenders would show up to court for hearings.

But New York remains the only U.S. state where judges are barred from considering the “dangerousness” of criminal defendants and must only determine whether they pose a flight risk when setting bail.

Attacks on police officers increased in 2023, with a record 5,363 officers injured on the job and 1,286 injured in fights with suspects.

Lawler, in his letter, also drew attention to the 38 convicts convicted of killing police officers who have been released from New York prisons, including Patrick Bannon, who fatally shot a police officer in Queens in 1992. New York Post

Criminal attacks on trains and in stations also hit a nearly three-decade high, with 570 that year, according to the New York Police Department.

According to a March John Jay College of Criminal Justice study of New York’s out-of-town bail reform, 66 percent of people recently arrested and released under the policy were rearrested within two years.

Lawler, in his letter, also called attention to the 38 convicts convicted of killing police officers who have been released from New York prisons since 2017, including Scott Cobb and Patrick Bannon, who also shot and killed a police officer in Queens in 1992.

“The egregious crime statistics, lack of safety in our community, and lack of support for our law enforcement officers are undoubtedly creating morale and retention issues at a time when we need them most “added Lawler. Dennis A. Clark

“The egregious crime statistics, lack of safety in our community, and lack of support for our law enforcement officers are undoubtedly creating morale and retention issues at a time when we need them most “, he added.

“These public servants put their lives on the line every day, and they deserve all the support they need to do their jobs and keep all of us safe,” Lawler said, citing statistics from the Police Benevolent Association of New York that 200 police officers are leaving the NYPD every month.

Hochul’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

New York Post

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