New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams continues to push for bail reform changes

Mayor-elect Eric Adams keep pushing To make changes to the warranty repair, citing Teen Bronx Accused of killing a 21-year-old after he was placed on probation for armed robbery – a tragic story Photographer on the front page of The Post Tuesday.

“If you are someone who shoots a gun or someone who has — on multiple occasions — been found to have a gun, that should be taken into account,” Adams said Wednesday on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”

Under current state law judges Not allowed Consider the risks posed by the defendant to public safety when posting bail for new criminal charges.

“I’m talking about serious crimes,” Adams explained.

I’m not talking about someone stealing food because they’re hungry. I’m talking about those who commit those specific violent crimes as the young… the 21-year-old Shot in the Bronx 17 years old “He assaulted his mother with a gun and then released him and fired his gun and killed an innocent person,” Adams said.

Adams noted the shooting death of 21-year-old Seiko Kuma, which made the front page of The Post on Tuesday.

A retired NYPD captain has suggested that advocates of bail reform—who believe that discretion will invite bias because some judges view black and brown defendants as more dangerous than their white counterparts—do not understand the devastating impact of gun violence.

“Those who want to romanticize public safety will always be against my position. I know what it means to knock on doors and know what victims of gun violence go through,” Adams said.

“These cases happen again and again, and the perpetrators frequently commit firearms-related crimes,” he said.

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Kuma was allegedly shot by 17-year-old Stephen Mendes, who was on probation for a previous deadly weapons charge.

Outgoing Brooklyn District Chief–From crowded beat The Democratic primary has recognized its unique message of public safety and justice — that it does not agree with top state lawmakers on the issue.

“We have some great leaders in Albany. Karl Hesty is a great leader there, Andrea Stewart Cousins. So that’s just a philosophical difference I have with those who believe differently than I do in this case. There are a lot of things we agree on, but Gun violence is a real issue in our city.”

Hasty, the assembly president, and Stewart Cousins, the Senate majority leader, are fellow Democrats but have opposed changes to bail reform.

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Mayor-elect Adams suggested that those in favor of bail reform do not understand the devastation wrought by gun violence.
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Adams said racial discrimination in law enforcement and the courts is real, but that it must be addressed without affecting public safety.

Let’s fix bias in the court system. But we cannot do that at the expense of innocent people losing their lives.


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