Bat Attacker’s Swift Release Back onto the Streets Prompts NYC Mayor Adams to Attack Lenient Legal System

Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams lashed out at the legal system of the United States on Saturday, criticizing the catch-and-release policies that have led to so many criminals who commit violent crimes being allowed out on the streets, usually just hours after their crimes.

The latest news: On November 29 in the Big Apple, a man pulls a bat out of his pants and sneaks up behind a homeless person, then batters him in the head. The video footage from the scene is horrifying.

The perpetrator, 36-year-old Karim Azizi, was arrested on Wednesday. He was later returned to the streets after the judge ordered that bail be set at $7,500, despite prosecutors seeking a figure of $40,000.

Mayor Adams appeared on CNN on Saturday to highlight the absurdity of the decision, explaining to host Michael Smerconish: “Every time we do our job as law enforcement in the city [as] administrators, we are seeing this revolving door—a catch, release, repeat system that is really playing out all across the country…I say this over and over again: when are we going to pass laws that protect the innocent people of this city? We have to stop passing laws that protect the guilty.”

It's odd to hear phrases such as these from a Democrat. The policies he's complaining about are the result of efforts by “wise” lawmakers, governors, and George Soros-backed soft-on-crime prosecutors such as Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, and the recently fired Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

And who could forget Axe Man, who pulled out a hatchet Friday night in a Manhattan McDonald's, frightened customers, and then slashed up the building? The man was released before the weekend had even ended and without posting bail. Even though he was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and possession of weapons, neither of these charges is eligible for bail in the context of the reforms to criminal justice implemented by the state.


Jason Goldman, the lawyer for bat man Azizi, attempted to play the clean-up role, but his answer was a joke: “…[the] mayor’s ‘categorical and blanket approach’ to bail laws ‘is exactly’ why the Rikers Island jail complex is an ‘overcrowded hellhole.’”

Goldman claimed, “Azizi isn’t some fish with 30 catch, release, and repeats. He’s a human who, prior to this very first arrest for which he is presumed innocent, has never once crossed paths with the criminal justice system. We need to have a more educated conversation to fix what’s broken.”

The Rikers Island prison is a nightmare due to corrupt leadership and complete mismanagement rather than a “blanket approach.” Meanwhile, Azizi's act was so blatant, reckless, and cowardly that he must be considered a risk despite his previous clean criminal record. There is a possibility that there was a dispute between the two of them; however, nothing can be used as justification for sneaking up behind somebody and smacking them in the head. The victim is fortunate to have survived.

Prosecutors in today's environment believe that the role of district attorneys is to do everything within their power to free suspects; they don't believe that keeping streets safe is what they should be concentrating on.

Until more leaders like Eric Adams start waking up and changing certain policies and laws that are dangerous, such as the No Bail Law, we're likely to see more of this sort of thing.

While murders have decreased in New York City in 2022, as per the NYPD’s (New York Police Department) crime stats, rape has increased by 15.8 percent, robberies are up by 1.7 percent, burglaries have risen by 8.9 percent, grand theft has increased by 19.3 percent, and public-transit crime has grown by 28 percent. 

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results,” is a quote commonly associated with Albert Einstein.

Whoever said it, it certainly is applicable to America's ailing criminal-justice system.

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