Crime and Safety

Hochul gradually realizes the criminal crisis – but can she fix something?

Double applause for Gov. Kathy Hochul’s sudden revelation of rising crime—although that could fall to one applause or none if she lets the Legislature crush her again.

On Tuesday, Hochul finally spoke out against stripping police officers of “qualified immunity” from lawsuits against them personally. Thank God: Progressives are pushing for a statewide rollback of this protection (the city has already eliminated most of it in 2021), but last cops need a new reason to refrain from aggressively enforcing the law – or, in the first place, to become cops here.

Instead, Hochul wants to improve the attitude towards the police, who “deserve more respect than in the past few years.” I hear, I hear!

She also pushes for the abolition of the requirement that judges impose the “least restrictive” measure of restraint on defendants prior to trial, which some interpret to mean that they must not detain suspects, even where expressly permitted by law, and provide more judicial freedom in setting bail for defendants. more serious crimes. She also wants prosecutors across the state to receive more funds to deal with the massive burden of “discovery” passed in 2019, rules that force district attorneys across the state to simply drop many charges in order to focus only on the most serious crimes.

NYPD kidnapping at the Brooklyn synagogue.
Hochul said the NYPD deserves more respect than they have of late.
Paul Martinka

She named these relatively minor fixes in her State of the State statement, insisting that public safety is her “top priority.” But the Legislative Assembly has already shown itself by rejecting her candidacy for Chief Justice just because he was once a prosecutor.

The November election and repeat polls prove that New Yorkers are desperate for serious crime-fighting action. But legislators don’t care.

And Hokul didn’t say boo oh Another serious problems with criminal justice, such as the raising age bill, which NYPD Assistant Commissioner Kevin O’Connor told The Post Wednesday is fueling a surge in teen violence.

“We don’t even give [teens] little time out,” O’Connor sighs thanks to Raise the Age.

Or curbing recidivism, especially among shoplifters, which Mayor Eric Adams deplored on Wednesday. Or allow judges to consider a defendant’s “danger”—i.e., his threat to public safety—when setting bail, as is allowed in any other state.

Or really fixation Prosecutors’ Evidence Rules: The 2019 tightening of measures coincided with “a devastating rise in crime and a decline in arrests,” with fewer cases even reaching grand juries, a Manhattan Institute study found.

With the Legislature proving so hostile, Hochul should consider going big: demanding more than the modest changes she’s been demanding so far.

She’ll have to get on the mat and fight like hell – using her budget if necessary – to get anything. She better claim basic improvements some fronts if she hopes to get enough to really make a difference with crime.

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