(VitalNews.org) – Jim Jordan, R. Ohio, hosted a field hearing in Manhattan Monday morning, April 17. The hearing gave voice to victims of violent crime in New York City and firm ground on the stance Republicans have that District Attorney Alvin Bragg is soft on felons.
The sentiment at the field hearing by Republican leaders is that Bragg is focused more on prosecuting Trump than keeping the public safe from violent offenders. Bragg announced an indictment of former President Trump this month by a Manhattan grand jury. The charges are linked to alleged payments to an adult film star during his successful campaign for the presidency in 2016.
At the hearing, Madeline Brame, chair of the Victims Rights Reform Council, spoke about her son’s brutal murder in Harlem. The case went on for more than four years when A.G. Bragg eventually removed the indictments of two of the four assailants in the beating that cost her son, Army veteran Hason Correa, his life. Two assailants were instead brought on lesser charges, while the remaining two ended up with life sentences for the murder.
During the hearing, Dan Goldman, D. NY, used his time to weave a tale that accused Republicans of attempting to “cover-up” for Trump while he was indicted by the district attorney and using real victims as “props” in that effort.
“We’re not insulting you,” Goldman claims to the witnesses. “Your experiences are devastating, but the problem is that this is a charade to cover up for an abuse of power.”
When Brame asked to respond, Goldman denied her and said, “Not right now.”
“Don’t insult my intelligence.” Brame fired back. “You’re trying to insult me like I’m not aware of what’s going on here. I’m fully aware of what’s going on here, ok? That’s why I walked away from the plantation of the Democratic Party.”
Mayor Adams of NY claims it’s the “safest big city in America.” But from the year 2020 to the year 2022, violent felony complaints rose by more than 26%, from 35,964 to 45,529 felony complaints. This is in addition to an increase in felony offenses, not only violent ones.
This highlights the field hearings legitimate concerns for the victims of violent crime in New York City.
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