(UnitedVoice.com) – New York City has new leadership in the new year. Mayor Eric Adams, a moderate Democrat, and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a more progressive Democrat, both assumed office on January 1. The two officials are already clashing.
When Adams ran for office, he made it clear he was going to be tough on crime. The former police captain who spent two decades on the force understands the importance of cracking down on criminals and keeping the city safe. Bragg, on the other hand, is the exact opposite.
The DA recently sent out guidance to prosecutors in his office telling them he doesn’t plan to prosecute a slew of crimes. Bragg is calling for “decriminalization/non-prosecution” for trespassing, resisting arrest, marijuana possession and other crimes. He’s also pledged to only seek a maximum of 20 years in prison for crimes that don’t carry a life sentence. And it doesn’t matter how bad the crime is, the new top prosecutor won’t seek sentences of life without parole.
Bragg’s soft-on-crime policies are exactly what Adams doesn’t want. He has promised residents of the city that he’s going to make the city safer, but the DA seems to want to turn it into the San Francisco of the east coast.
If Bragg is successful, the Big Apple could turn into a war zone.
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