Many conservatives said that simply releasing criminals due to COVID-19 wasn’t a good idea, but the left seemed to think it was just fine. From the New York Post:
By Craig McCarthy, Ruth Weissmann and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon | April 19, 2020 | 2:57 PM EDT
Dozens of inmates freed from city jails over fears they were vulnerable to the coronavirus have wasted no time plaguing the city with new crimes, The Post has learned.
At least 50 of the 1,500 inmates cut loose amid fears of the spread of COVID-19 behind bars in recent weeks have already landed back in jail — and in some cases were set free yet again, according to police sources and records.
The re-offenders — just over 3 percent of those released — include a Rikers Island inmate initially jailed for allegedly setting his girlfriend’s door on fire and choking her mother, who was released early only to return to the Bronx apartment and allegedly threaten to kill the whole family.
Another prisoner who is accused of assaulting a Department of Homeless services officer and was later set free was arrested for punching an agency sergeant just two days after his release, records show.
Yet another, who was serving a 60-day sentence for theft, was charged with burglarizing Queens’ Singh Farm grocery store to the tune of more than $9,000 three weeks after his early release.
There’s much more at the original, including noting that about 300 of the released prisoners had been in Riker’s faced violent felony charges.
Police Commissioner Frank Reagan Dermot Shea stated that he supported “compassionate release if we can do it safely,” but that he was concerned that prisoners would take advantage of the COVID-19 releases.
Now, the Post is not New York City’s ‘newspaper of record.’ that honor goes to the Grey Lady, The New York Times, so one would think that the Times would be on the case. Well, if one thought that, one would be very wrong. Site searches of the Times’ website for freed inmates, released prisoners, released inmates and Rikers, though there was one story about an inmate, in Florida, having killed someone the day after his COVID-19 release.
There were several stories in the Times which told readers how there needed to be some releases from Riker’s Island due to COVID-19; there just weren’t any that site searches conducted at 10:39 to 10:43 AM concerning prisoners released from Riker’s were being rearrested for committing new crimes.
- April 8, 2020: How Coronavirus at Rikers Puts All of NYC at Risk
- March 30, 2020: ‘We’re Left for Dead’: Fears of Virus Catastrophe at Rikers Jail
- April 9, 2020: Jailed on a Minor Parole Violation, He Caught the Virus and Died
Plenty of stories giving readers reasons to release prisoners, but our national newspaper of record, the one which has the masthead blurb “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” did not find stories about released prisoners committing more crimes.
This is what #FakeNews looks like. It isn’t that the Times prints things which the editors know is false, but that the editorial decisions on what news is “Fit to Print” so often slants the news. The Post again:
Among the city’s worst repeat offenders is Darryl Naser, 25, who was rearrested five times in April alone after being released March 27, records show.
Naser, who police describe as a “transit recidivist,” was first jailed on charges of grand larceny and possession of stolen credit cards before his coronavirus-related release. He was arrested again April 1 on a burglary charge, and on April 4, April 6 and April 8 on drug possession charges.
He was released without bail each time, as he was after he was picked up yet again at the Herald Square subway station on Friday and charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, court records show.
Police said he was caught stealing a purse.
A site search for Darryl Naser had no returns.
It’s clear: the editors of The New York Times are deliberately concealing stories that constitute evidence that their position on releasing prisoners has yielded bad results when put into action.
Daeshawn Sharperson, the 31-year-old Bronx man who admitted he torched his girlfriend’s door, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, dodging felony charges, and got a four-month sentence. But his sentence was cut short when he was among about 100 inmates released early on March 26 over COVID-19 concerns.
Eight days later, police say, he returned to the apartment and allegedly threatened to kill the family before attacking a straphanger on two occasions. He is now being held on Rikers Island on $10,000 bail.
A site search for Daeshawn Sharperson yielded no returns. This is what media bias looks like, deliberately withholding stories which would be of interest to New Yorkers, would be of interest to everybody, which demonstrate that releasing criminals from custody is a bad idea. Perhaps Mr Sharperson had a reduced risk of contracting Coronavirus, but what did the family he threatened, what did the two subway riders he assaulted, get?
The credentialed media have howled with outrage when Donald Trump claimed that they were Fake News, but the evidence of what they are doing is right there, for anybody to see. It’s simply that the editors of The New York Times, of CNN, of plenty of other media sources, hope that you don’t see it.
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