Adams blames bail law after teen accused of shooting officer freed
Judge Boyle set the bond at $200,000 cash, an insurance bond of $250,000, or a partially guaranteed bond of $250,000. Mr Williams was released on Thursday after a cousin paid $17,500 to secure bail, according to Ms Florio. The Bronx district attorney’s office confirmed the amount.
Such arrangements are common in criminal courts and a hearing was held to ensure the money came from a legitimate source.
Mr Adams, who has been involved in a campaign to improve public safety, is under increasing pressure to tackle violent crime. He released an ambitious public safety plan on Monday that hinges on reviving a disbanded police crime unit and also includes several demands from state lawmakers, including adopting a dangerousness standard for the setting on bail – something he noted exists in every state except New York.
Many left-leaning Democrats and civil rights lawyers criticized Mr. Adams’ efforts to change the bail law, and Albany leaders did not immediately embrace the idea. Governor Kathy Hochul, who has a good relationship with Mr Adams, defended the bail law this week and said changes made years ago were needed. She added that she was willing to consider further changes based on the data.
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Shontell Smith, chief of staff to the Democratic majority leader of the state Senate, responded to Mr Adams’ comments with a message on Twitterclaiming that the bail law had “NOTHING to do with the release of the suspect”.
“The JUDGE set the amount of bail,” she wrote, adding, “I support and respect cops who risk their lives every day, but bail was enforced.”
In response, a spokesman for Mr Adams, Maxwell Young, said the mayor was referring to the fact that Judge Boyle had been prevented from considering, in determining whether to hold Mr Williams without bail, whether he posed a danger to the community.