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The latest experiment in the justice system of releasing someone who has been arrested without a bail hearing is already a disaster. I’ve seen the streets, not as a policy wonk, but on the front lines. I don’t remember a state legislator or social justice warrior helping me when I was wrestling around with someone at 0200 hours. Someone who had decided that resisting arrest was an option. Father Flanigan was wrong; there is such a thing as a bad boy, or bad girl for that matter.

The Litany of the Street Criminal
If I commit a crime I won’t be arrested.
If I’m arrested I won’t go to jail.
If I go to jail I won’t go to court.
If I go to court I won’t be convicted.
If I’m convicted I won’t go to prison.

When I first wrote the Litany above, the new laws of release without bail were not being passed by state legislators. A criminal doesn’t believe they will be caught. Failure to Appear Warrants (FTAs) are becoming more common, and an arrest for FTA will just lead to more crimes and another FTA.

On Valentine’s Day, a French tourist was walking with his girlfriend in Upper Manhattan and had his throat slashed in an unprovoked attack. His attacker is no stranger to committing violent crimes.

The 27-year-old man was slashed on the side of his neck Friday morning on 132nd Street and 7th Avenue in Harlem.

He was taken to Harlem Hospital for treatment. The criminal complaint against the suspect notes that the victim “had suffered a wound from the bottom of his left ear to his Adam’s apple. I observed surgeons had created a hole in the complaining witness’ throat (tracheotomy). As of February 17, 2020, the victim is still in the intensive care unit at the hospital.”

Officials announced on Monday that 28-year-old Khalief Young was arrested in connection to the crime.

He was charged with two counts of assault.

He was previously arrested on October 20, 2019. He’s accused of ringing his neighbor’s doorbell, punching her in the face when she answered, and then kicking her several times.

Young was charged with misdemeanor assault and released on his own recognizance.

But wait there’s more:

Back in June 2019, he allegedly slashed a worker in the neck inside a deli on West 135th Street in Harlem.

He was also arrested in March 2015 for criminal possession of a loaded firearm and spent a two years in prison. He was released on parole in April 2017.

In this grand new experiment of social justice, the law-abiding citizen will be collateral damage in establishing the utopian state where crime has disappeared.

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  1. Arahant Member

    Better to take care of the criminal oneself and dispose of the body thoroughly. When the justice system dispenses no justice, the people eventually will.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 10:27 AM PST
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  2. Kay of MT Member

    I wonder how much time I would get if I pulled out my “Fast Strike” and slapped him across his throat with it, or even his wrist?

    https://www.faststrikedefense.com/

    Edited for correction.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 11:43 AM PST
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  3. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Cutting someone up with a blade is just assault?

    Probably a length limit. I could cut it back some, I guess.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 3:37 PM PST
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  4. Juliana Member

    I do not see this type of behavior changing unless there is a true societal upheaval. I see high school students who do not recognize any authority – teacher, principal, parent. Going to class has become optional – walking out, wandering the halls, constantly on the phone. If questioned, the likely response will be a vulgar tirade. Or, the rather obvious statement they have all learned, “you can’t make me.” If by chance detention is utilized as a consequence, they don’t show up to that either. Next step, suspension – woo hoo – vacation day. We are seeing this behavior from children – 14, 15 years old, with the emotional maturity of 7 or 8 year olds. They are failing all classes (usually with PE as the exception) and will most likely not graduate. Yet they are here every day…for friends, or because parents make them come. In a few short years, they will all be on the streets, where there are no consequences either. I sometimes wonder if the schools have become the training ground for this disdain of authority.

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    • February 20, 2020, at 8:55 AM PST
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  5. Paul Stinchfield Member
    Paul Stinchfield Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Doug Watt: On Valentine’s Day, a French tourist was walking with his girlfriend in Upper Manhattan and had his throat slashed in an unprovoked attack. His attacker is no stranger to committing violent crimes.

    Here is a link to the original article.

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    • February 20, 2020, at 2:46 PM PST
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  6. Paul Stinchfield Member
    Paul Stinchfield Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    “Hugs for Thugs”

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    • February 20, 2020, at 5:08 PM PST
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