The New York State Conservative Occasion on Friday launched a web based petition calling on Gov. Kathy Hochul to take away new Manhattan District Legal professional Alvin Bragg from workplace over his controversial push to downgrade or not prosecute many crimes.
“The Conservative Occasion is the get together of widespread sense in New York, and customary sense is required greater than ever on this case,” mentioned Chairman Gerard Kassar.
“We’ve got a renegade district lawyer on our arms, and he have to be faraway from workplace. We urge New Yorkers to signal our petition to Gov. Hochul, as a result of — assured — persons are going to die due to Mr. Bragg’s wild ideological coverage resolution.”
Bragg has been on the defensive after issuing a “Day One” Jan. 3 memo that instructed prosecutors to not search bail or jail time for a lot of criminals, to downgrade sure felonies to misdemeanors and to not prosecute folks for resisting arrest except it’s half of a bigger, felony case.
Throughout interviews over the previous week, Bragg insisted his workplace would prosecute severe instances resembling armed theft however that homeless or mentally shoplifters ought to be diverted to remedy slightly than prosecuted.
The New York Metropolis Detectives’ Endowment Affiliation additionally despatched a letter to Hochul Wednesday urging her to nominate a particular prosecutor to exchange Bragg on particular instances if he refuses to prosecute. Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Giuliani and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, the GOP nominee for mayor final yr, additionally began an on-line petition looking for to oust Bragg.
Hochul has been muted relating to the swirl of controversy round Bragg, a fellow Democrat, who was elected Manhattan’s chief prosecutor by the borough voters.
“Gov. Hochul is targeted on working with Mayor Adams and different elected officers on problems with public security and defending communities,” mentioned Hochul spokesman Hazel Crampton-Hays.