Law Enforcement Reimagined
Last year, spearheaded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York state legislature passed a bail reform law that eliminated cash bail and pretrial detention in nearly all misdemeanors and nonviolent felony cases. On Jan. 1, 2020, the law went into effect, and it worked as intended: fewer people were ended up in jail, and after being arrested…
The man charged with trying to shove an Asian undercover cop onto Queens subway tracks was cut loose without bail Sunday — as the judge claimed, “My hands are tied.”
Suspect Ricardo Hernandez, 32 — who faces three hate-crime charges in the attack on the unnamed cop on a Long Island City train platform around 5:30 p.m. Saturday — has at least 12 prior arrests under his belt.
At Hernandez’s arraignment over the attempted push onto the tracks, Queens Supreme Court Justice Louis Nock said the state’s bail-reform measures barred him from holding Hernandez in jail.
“My hands are tied because under the new bail rules, I have absolutely no authority or power to set bail on this defendant for this alleged offense,” the judge said.
Meanwhile, his alleged cop assault came after another previous attack this month on an Asian undercover officer — in which the suspect also was almost immediately freed.