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Thanks to the leniency of a New York judge, an innocent 34-year-old father now lies dead for the “crime” of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
That man, Eric Velasquez, was struck by a stray bullet on May 16th while walking the streets with his cousin, minding his own business, according to the New York Post.
The teen suspect, Alberto Ramirez, 16, is a reported “Young Gunnaz” gang member who “allegedly opened fire indiscriminately, hitting Velasquez, after venturing into territory controlled by the rival ‘Slattery Avenue Boys’ gang,” the Post reported Wednesday.
The suspect has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
This time, hopefully he’ll remain behind bars …
The Post noted that prior to the shooting last month, Ramirez had been arrested three times — and each time he’d either had his case downgraded or had his bail drastically reduced by acting Bronx County Supreme Court Justice Denis Boyle.
He was arrested on Oct. 21st and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, but his case was transferred to Family Court.
He was arrested on Dec. 12th and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. This time “prosecution sought bail of $25,000 cash or $70,000 bond, but it was set at just $2,000 — and Boyle set Ramirez free without any bail during a hearing the next day,” according to the Post.
He was arrested again on Feb. 23rd and charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and falsely reporting an incident. He initially faced a $75,000 bail, but Boyle reduced it to $10,000 despite objections from prosecutors, according to the Post. His family bailed him out shortly thereafter the following month.
Two months later, he allegedly killed Velasquez.
“Here is a kid who got a gun, got another gun, got another gun. How many bites of the apple does someone get before someone gets killed? In this case, it was three,” an unnamed law enforcement source angrily said to the Post.
Ramirez isn’t the only one who’s caught a break from Boyle.
Last year he released a 16-year-old boy, Jordon Benjamin, who was charged with manslaughter as per a death that occurred on Christmas Eve 2019.
“Sixty-year-old Juan Fresnada was walking with his roommate when police said the pair were assaulted by a group of teenagers — allegedly including Benjamin. Video of the brutal attack shows that Fresnada was stomped and pounded with a garbage can. He died from his injuries three days later at Lincoln Hospital,” according to the Post.
The attack was captured on surveillance camera:
Boyle released him last March ostensibly because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nine months later, he wound up behind bars again when he allegedly slashed a woman, Amya Hicks, on her stomach. Yet once again Boyle released him without bail.
The friends and families of Benjamin’s victims were apoplectic.
“I’m shocked. It’s injustice. I thought he was on trial. I thought he was in jail. It is unbelievable to me, the injustice,” Fresnada’s roommate reportedly said.
“This is crazy. We thought he was still in jail. She doesn’t have an order of protection or nothing. He’s local. He hangs out two blocks away,” Hicks’s mother, Tynisha Smith, reportedly added.
“Nobody called us. I’m going to ring her now and tell her to get home. They didn’t give us a heads up or nothing. This is ridiculous. He can hurt another person,” she continued.
Indeed, many times that violent criminals are released because of either New York’s lax criminal laws or because of the decisions of judges like Boyle, they go on to hurt — and sometimes kill — other people. It’s happened again and again and again.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 24, 2021
There appears to be no impetus for change, in part because only a few select outlets such as the New York Post and Fox News cover such stories.
Mainstream establishment outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and NBC never seem to show concern about the innocent people who’re murdered by criminals who’ve been let go.
While such killings usually happen in blue states, they sometimes occur in red states as well.
“The family of a man who was shot and killed in 2020 is calling for justice after the person accused of killing him is now wanted in connection to a second murder,” Charleston, South Carolina, station WCSC reported Wednesday.
“The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Aubrey Tucker. They say he killed his girlfriend at a home in Goose Creek Wednesday afternoon. Tucker was arrested in August 2020 for the murder of 24-year-old Anthony Myers. It happened on June 11 outside the North Park Grill in North Charleston. He was released on bond in October 2020,” the station added.
Myers’s family believes Tucker should have never been released by Charleston prosecutors.
“I don’t understand exactly how someone who had numerous gun charges prior to the incident on June 11 was even granted bond. How are you able to get out on bond if you had previous gun charges and then you just murdered someone else? The system is just messed up, there is just no way he should have been on the streets,” his sister reportedly said.
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg is a Democrat.