NYC Garage Worker Fights off His Assailant, Is Promptly Charged With Attempted Murder

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Last summer I wrote about 62-year-old Manhattan bodega worker Jose Alba, who acted in self-defense against a violent attacker. Alba killed his attacker during the fight— so Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg charged Alba with murder and sent him to the notorious Rikers Island jail.

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Even more outrageous, he declined to prosecute the attacker’s girlfriend, who stabbed Alba three times during the melee. Bragg eventually dropped the charges against Alba after tremendous public pressure, but he can never undo the stain he put on our legal system in the first place.

The despicable prosecutor—who led the charge to indict former President Donald Trump on a highly questionable charge last week—was at it again Sunday. According to the NY Post, a New York City garage worker was shot twice by a suspected robber but managed to wrestle the gun away from the perpetrator and shoot him. The worker’s reward for bravely fighting for his own survival? An attempted murder charge.

We have truly entered Insanity World at this point.

The full extent of Bragg’s involvement at this point is unclear, with the Post writing: “While police hit Diarra with attempted murder, it wasn’t immediately clear if prosecutors would follow through with the charge.” However, Bragg is the Boss, and this is the environment that he’s created in NYC.

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Here’s how it went down: at around 5:30 am, parking attendant Moussa Diarra saw a man peering into car windows. There’s really only one reason to do that—to find something to steal—so Diarra asked the man what was in his bag. Things took a bad turn from there:

Instead of cooperating, the man pulled out a gun, the sources said.

Diarra tried to grab for the weapon, and it went off — leaving him shot in the stomach and grazed in the ear by a bullet before he turned the firearm on the would-be thief and shot him in the chest, sources said.

A family friend of Diarra was outraged:

“That’s self-defense. The guy tried to rob his business. Why DA want to charge him with attempted murder?” she told The Post. “He’s there for security. That’s literally his job, to defend his business. … He takes his job seriously. … Attempted murder charge has no place there. He [robber] came to find him at his job with his gun, he [Diarra] has to defend himself.”

A worker in a neighboring garage was equally incredulous, thinking it had to be a prank:

You are kidding. That’s an April fool day joke, right?

How can a hardworking man get arrested for defending himself?

The Post heard one NYPD cop snarl, “people like Alvin Bragg have made this city unsafe and this worker is a victim defending himself.”

The alleged thief, 59-year-old Charles Rhodie, was also charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, and burglary, according to police.

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This story broke in the early hours of Sunday, and much remains unknown. Will Bragg follow through on what looks to be an absolutely ridiculous charge of attempted murder? Are we no longer allowed to defend ourselves in this country anymore? Are we supposed to allow ourselves to be killed in the name of “justice?” In New York at least, the answers seem clear.

We will keep you updated as new facts come in.

Related:

Bill Barr Lets Loose: Trump Indictment ‘Epitome of the Abuse of Prosecutorial Power’

Did George Soros Back Alvin Bragg?

Woke NY DA Bragg Finally Drops Murder Charges Against Bodega Worker Who Defended Himself

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