The cash bail system incarcerates people based on their inability to pay – sometimes small amounts. And it disproportionately harms Black and Brown people,” Biden stated
April 16, 2021
“How can this be normal? Is this what criminal justice reform is supposed to look like?” said one outraged cop familiar with the matter.
A rookie judge in Queens cut loose a reputed gang member whom investigators tracked down in North Carolina after a Valentine’s Day bar shooting — even though his defense lawyer called $50,000 bail “appropriate,” The Post has learned.
[Judge Denise] Johnson ordered him released without bail pending another court appearance on June 9, sources said.
April 23, 2021
Earlier this month, prosecutors sought to have Newson locked up without bail to await trial in a Valentine’s Day bar shooting and attempted robbery in Queens. Newson went on the run following that incident and was tracked down at his mom’s home in Rocky Mount, NC.
A reputed gang member who was freed without bail despite attempted-murder charges allegedly went on a crime spree that included dragging an NYPD officer with a car Friday — enraging the city’s top cop.
“NYC: @NYPDDetectives are AGAIN searching for Takim Newson after he used a car to assault a police officer early this morning,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted Friday afternoon.
Newson, 32, allegedly ran amok for nearly 12 hours after cops approached him behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz with excessively tinted windows that was blocking traffic near Rockaway Parkway and Willmohr Street in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn at around 3:30 a.m., sources said.
When a cop tried to pull Newson out of the car — which is believed to be owned by his girlfriend — he allegedly shifted into reverse and hit the gas, dragging the cop a short distance before getting away, sources said.
The unidentified officer suffered a back injury and bruising to his knees and elbows, and was taken to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn for treatment, sources said.
But during his April 7 arraignment, rookie Queens Judge Denise Johnson — who was rated “not approved” by the city Bar Association before her election November — put him back on the streets without any surety, even though his defense lawyer said $50,000 bail would be “appropriate.”