The Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to reverse his bail reform laws in an effort to curb looting on the streets, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported exclusively on Wednesday.
“I want the office and I believe it would be appropriate to join 49 other states to eliminate cash bail and to have the judge, however, have the ability to detain someone when there is a clear risk of re-offense,” Vance told CBS2.
Vance continued, “This is about people who are taking advantage of this moment when people want to come out and protest peacefully. I’m calling for more judicial discretion.”
Because of the state’s no cash bail laws, suspects are arrested and for many crimes including stalking, grand larceny, assault as a hate crime, and second-degree manslaughter, the majority of them can be released without paying bail, NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan said Tuesday.
The New York Police Department has expressed concern over the lax laws, saying that most of the suspects they’ve arrested in the violence and looting sprees in the aftermath of the tragic death of George Floyd are back on the streets the next day.
On Tuesday, Monahan told the New York Post that he brought concerns to Vance about the laws. However, there was nothing Vance could do, he told Monahan.
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Just before 12:15 am Wednesday morning, an arsonist set fire to the 50-foot tree in front of Fox News’ Midtown headquarters on 6th avenue. The suspect, a 49-year-old with three prior arrests, was quickly caught and taken into custody.
The man has two previous arrests for drug possession and one for public intoxication. The motive is unclear, and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said detectives are looking into whether mental illness was a factor.
“The suspect is identified as 49-year-old Craig Tamanaha, who is homeless, with a last known address in Brooklyn” reports ABC 7 New York. Police said the suspect climbed up “the metal superstructure” underneath the artificial tree and lit papers he had brought with him on fire, then shoved the papers into the tree structure.
He then climbed down and watched from the street level as it burned, and he was spotted by building security who pointed the man out to police officers posted in nearby Rockefeller Center,” reports ABC.
A lighter was found in his possession, and he has been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, arson, criminal nuisance, endangering others, criminal trespass, criminal tampering and disorderly conduct.
Fox says it will rebuild the tree, which took more than 21 hours to assemble and consisted of 10,000 glass ornaments and 100,000 lights.
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