Alvin Bragg, the new Manhattan District Attorney who began the year promising not to prosecute property criminals did a 180 last week and says he will now get tough on thieves. As reported by Tamar Lapin in the New York Post, after video of a thief walking out of a Trader Joe’s with an armful of steaks was released, Bragg told reporters “We have amongst us opportunists, who are repeat players, who are just taking goods…..We are brainstorming about how to respond to that.” Brainstorming? How about enforcing theft laws and giving jail sentences to repeaters? How about getting rid of zero bail and holding thieves accountable? None of this require much deep thinking. A brief look at recent history indicates that consequences matter. Holding property offenders and other so-call “low level” criminals accountable also helps reduce violent crime. Many of the violent crimes occurring in cities run by progressive politicians are committed by repeat offenders who would have been in jail or prison prior to the “reforms” pushed by these politicians and groups like Black Lives Matter. The Seattle man who clocked a woman with a baseball bat in broad daylight last week was one of those “low level” offenders progressives policies kept on the streets.
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