NYC Mayor Tries To Release Robbery Suspect Involved In Cop's Friendly-Fire Death

Sandy Malone

New York City district attorneys sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio citing the "high risk to public safety."

New York, NY – A slew of violent criminals, including two men charged in the connection with the shooting death of New York Police Department (NYPD) Detective Brian Simonsen, were slated for release from Rikers Island because of coronavirus.

ABC News reported that 28-year-old Christopher Ransom and 26-year-old Jagger Freeman, who are charged with an armed robbery that led to Det. Simonsen’s death via friendly fire, were both on the list of inmates to be released.

The list also included 45-year-old Viktoriya Nasyrova, who is charged with trying to murder a woman with poisoned cheesecake during an identity theft scam in 2016.

But the release of violent offenders was stopped at the eleventh hour on Monday by an intervention by the city’s five district attorneys, ABC News reported.

The district attorneys who represent the five boroughs of New York City issued a joint letter on March 30 that opposed the release of violent offenders.

“We want to make clear that the categories of those proposed for release have, in some instances, included individuals who pose a high risk to public safety,” they said in their letter, according to ABC News.

The letter, sent to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Department of Corrections Commissioner Cynthia Brann, said the city needed a better plan to deal with the problem.

"We fully appreciate the unique risks that the COVID-19 virus poses in our jails, and we agree that the number of those incarcerated must decrease to limit the spread of the virus on Rikers Island and in other facilities," the district attorneys wrote. "At the same time, we want to make clear that the categories of those proposed for release have, in some instances, included individuals who pose a high risk to public safety. In such instances, we have communicated our concerns, but these concerns have not always been heeded."

New York City's Board of Corrections (NYCBOC) has been struggling to tamp the spread of coronavirus inside Rikers Island, a massive complex that is one of the largest jail facilities in the world, by releasing as many offenders as possible, ABC News reported.

The district attorneys expressed concern in their letter that their "concerns have not always been heeded” by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ).

"As an example, when we learned last week that the Commissioner of Corrections was about to use her authority to order an across-the-board release of hundreds of inmates serving city sentences, we were assured that the release would not include those serving time for domestic violence or sex offenses, given the risks to victims. Unfortunately, we later learned that such individuals were indeed included in the ranks of those to be released," the letter read.

Comments (28)
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JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Another brilliant idea! I don’t know where these whack jobs come from, oh wait, they’re Demorats from a sanctuary state with one of the most incompetent Governor in the states.

538 central K
538 central K

Not shocking. MAyor and city council love their perps and hate the cops.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Releasing inmates shifts the burden from corrections officers to street cops and innocent people. Not a good idea.

GIJOE62
GIJOE62

Wow, I thought that this mayor had a little bit more sense than to release all these inmates out on the streets of NYC. I guess he wanted to follow after his butt buddy the Governor.

Marxest
Marxest

Pure hogwash. I strongly doubt that the Honorable Mayor Bill de Blasio was trying to release these men. Mayor de Blasio has more pressing concerns than trying to protect and release two accused men because of the Chinese Coronavirus. I didn't read a single line in this article that suggested or explicitly stated that the mayor was trying to intervene on the behalf of these two men who were charged in connection to the passing of Detective Simonsen. How likely is it that the mayor of a large city directly oversees the daily operations of the City Department of Corrections? This seems to be another concerted and underhanded effort to smear the Honorable Mayor using outright lies and falsehoods. Mayor de Blasio is busy trying to deal with the chaos brought on by the Chinese Coronavirus and he is doing a great job and should be permitted to do his job in this time of crisis.

Terminator888
Terminator888

Liberals have been trying to empty the jails over supposedly racist policies, and other stupid reasons, for a while before the COVID-19 came along. The virus is just a convenient cover for their bullshit, it doesn’t even make sense. If a democrat is talking, it is lying 🤥. That is all they know.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Once again Mayor De Bozo hard at work!!!! This virus has been a great excuse for so many liberal Governors to release prisoners. Just wait, they'll be back in before the virus ends it's travels across America!

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

Whoever is running NY are idiots. All they need to do is give them masks, gloves and wash their hands.

RunningFromNY
RunningFromNY

So let me get this straight . . . if I violate the stay at home order I can be arrested, but they are letting skels out of jail so they don't get coronavirus?

XIHP308
XIHP308

You can't explain the thought process behind some people. If if gives them an excuse to promote their leftest philosophy so be it.

JrzDvl
JrzDvl

Warren Wilhelm Jr.. is a complete fraud. Just like the SARS-COV-2 scandal being run in NYC right now, both of which, you are either refusing to accept, or have absolutely no knowledge of. the only thing Wilhelm jr is busy doing, is fabricating stories, and reports of SARS-COV-2 (covid 19 the media educated)..to justify his absolutely unconstitutional and unwarranted shutdown of NYC.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This de Blasio guy just can't help himself. Liberal being a liberal. 🤔👎

checksix
checksix

In these knuckleheads minds, it's only a crime not to be a Liberal.

bryantrent
bryantrent

De Blasio what a jerk

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#friendlyfire


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