Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg defends progressive policies



Newly installed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg defended his controversial policies in a Harlem speech Saturday saying it had been a “long week” that left him surprised about the “push back” on his progressive agenda.

“I’m new to politics but I’m steadfast. We are going to stay the course,” Bragg said at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network headquarters.

The DA’s policies, made public Tuesday, included instructions to his prosecutors to stop seeking prison sentences for many crimes and to downgrade felony charges in cases including armed robberies and drug dealing.

Bragg told the supportive crowd at NAN’s House of Justice that no one should be surprised by his actions.

“We said we were going to marry fairness and safety and we laid out a specific plan,”
he said. “We put on the website, we put it in print and this week after January 1st we got down to work and we are doing what we said we would do.”

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg promised “to stay the course” with his progressive policies.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg promised “to stay the course” with his progressive policies.
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Bragg said some career criminals needed to be connected to mental health or addiction services.

New York Post cover for Wednesday, January 5, 2022
The New York Post cover highlights on Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s controversial progressive agenda.
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“This is going to make us safer. It’s intuitive. It’s common sense,” he said. “I don’t understand the push back.”

But he insisted he would be tough on guns.

“If you go into the store in Manhattan and used a gun to rob that store, that’s is armed robbery, that is serious and we will be prosecuting armed robbery in Manhattan,” he said.

The new policies led Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell to say Friday that she was concerned for the safety of her officers.

Bragg said Saturday he would not go soft on anyone who harmed cops.

“So to all my partners in law enforcement, let’s also be clear about another thing,” he said. “If you are assaulted, that is a serious matter and a crime and that will be prosecuted as such in the County of New York, Manhattan.”

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said he doesn’t “understand the push back” against his leniency for repeat offenders.
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Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell is concerned about the safety of officers and civilians in Manhattan.
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Bragg said afterward he would have “discussions and collaboration” with the police commissioner.


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