New York district attorneys will not send to prison any of those accused of looting and vandalizing businesses in Manhattan and the Bronx during protests over the death of George Floyd despite investigations and evidence presented by police, because they are ‘overworked’.
The death in custody of a black man from Minneapolis triggered a series of protests across the country. While some were peaceful demonstrations, many took the opportunity to commit crimes.
New York was no exception where hundreds of violent protesters smashed store windows to loot stores at will, apparently because the police were not only outnumbered but ill-prepared to confront such a crowd of people.
However, police did make several arrests in the Manhattan and Bronx neighborhoods where most of the incidents occurred.
Thanks to security cameras and videos uploaded to social media by the protesters themselves, the New York Police Department (NYPD) collected the necessary evidence – photos, videos and stolen property – to build the cases and present them to the prosecutor’s office for prosecution.
NYPD Deputy Inspector Andrew Arias said, “We had to analyze each case individually and see if, in fact, we could prove the right person had committed the crime.”
However, the long hours of work done by the police did not result in any major convictions.
Of the 485 arrests made between May and June 2020 in Manhattan, 222 of them were dismissed, there were only 73 convictions of lesser charges such as trespassing which does not include incarceration, 40 cases were sent to family court for involving minors and there are 128 open cases.
In the Bronx, 118 arrests were made in the same period, of which 73 cases were dismissed, there were only 19 minor non-imprisonment convictions, and 18 cases remain open.
According to sources close to the prosecution, they were unable to convict individuals ‘beyond any reasonable doubt’ because the evidence was insufficient or unclear.
However, a document drafted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. states, ” For many of these commercial burglaries, you will be asked to reduce the initial felony charge to a misdemeanor and to dispose of the case … with an eye towards rehabilitation,” and with a “continued goal to achieve consistency and equitable treatment in these cases.”
Vance asked his prosecutors to review the defendants’ criminal records and examine whether the police could actually prove that the suspect had caused “any harm to the store” before dropping the cases.
The prosecutor apparently tried to justify his decision to dismiss most of the cases because of the backlog generated during the pandemic court closures.
Vance said there were more than 600 commercial burglary arrests, in addition to more than 3,500 uncharged felony cases waiting for the court system to return to normal operations.
However, according to the British media Daily Mail, Vance’s office has been busy preparing the criminal case against Donald Trump, which is said to focus on allegations of tax, loan and insurance fraud at the Trump Organization.
Trump denied any wrongdoing and accused the DA’s office of yet another political witch hunt.
It is not uncommon for liberal Democrat prosecutors, to opt not to prosecute criminals and instead take the ‘rehabilitation’ stance or to use the ‘equality’ argument.
According to a report by the Daily Caller, many of these prosecutors were able to build their candidacies with funding from George Soros and all have the particularity of using the same ‘soft on crime’ criteria and seeking to redefine criminal law away from punishing ‘lesser crimes’.