Mayor Adams Falsely Blames Bronx Shooting on Bail Reform

Mayor Eric Adams falsely blamed a recent shooting on bail reform when the person involved was, according to police, awaiting sentencing after having pled guilty. Anything that happens after trial or a plea has been taken has no connection to bail whatsoever.

Fact Check: False, Fearmongering

The Briefing

The shooting that took place in the Bronx on Tuesday night has no connection to pretrial freedom. According to the New York Post, the man who was killed by police had already pleaded guilty in December and was released prior to sentencing, which was scheduled to take place in June. Bail reform impacts a judge’s ability to detain a person before trial while they maintain the presumption of innocence, but has no bearing on the freedom of a person between a plea or conviction and sentencing. Anything that happens after trial or a plea has been taken has no connection to bail whatsoever. Importantly, the only facts made publicly available in this case have come from the NYPD, and the police account of events should not be immediately accepted as truth. 

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