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NYC: Hundreds of Looters Arrested Then Released Because Of Bail Reform

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Hundreds of people in New York City arrested as part of a looting spree that’s taken place in the aftermath of George Floyd, are being immediately released because of the state’s no cash bail laws.

On Monday night, over 650 people were arrested, and “just about all of them” had been released, NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan said Tuesday.

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“You have some arrested in Brooklyn where they had guns. Hopefully, Eric Gonzalez will keep them in. I can’t guarantee that’ll happen,” Monahan explained.

“But, when it comes to a burglary, which is a commercial store, which is looting, they’re back out because of bail reform, you’re back out on the street the next day, cannot be held on any sort of bail.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo relaxed the state’s no cash bail laws earlier this year by adding a number of crimes that would qualify for release without bail. Some of those crimes include stalking, grand larceny, assault as a hate crime, and second-degree manslaughter.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

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Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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