Both men worked as defense attorneys before taking office. By contrast, Mr. Bragg is a former federal prosecutor and he has always emphasized the need for public safety. In an appearance with Citizen Crime Commission on Monday, he revised his usual mantra of “safe and fair”.
“I was almost thinking about saying, instead of ‘safe and fair’, it was more like ‘safe and secure,’” he said, explaining that even the most tolerant or reformist of the His policy – the “fair” part of his platform – is geared towards protecting the public.
Commenting on that appearance, James McGuire, a former Manhattan prosecutor who served as chief counsel to Governor George E. Pataki, a three-term Republican, said, “District attorney did the reverse of his first date memo angrily and effectively. ”
And Christina Greer, professor of political science at Fordham University, said that while Mr Bragg had not necessarily reversed himself, he had clearly changed his priorities.
“He’s not a politician, but I think he quickly realized that this is a political business,” she said. “And when the main conversation in New York is about gun violence and safety, it can be a bit deafening if he’s talking about something else.”
Ms. Greer said there was a racial component to the reception of Mr. Bragg, the first Black to hold office.
“Alvin is acting as a proxy for white fears about a functioning city,” she said.
Much of Mr. Bragg’s campaign background was shaped by his personal experiences and those of members of his family. He often talks about his father, who illegally owned a firearm and filed it at a buyout event, and his brother-in-law, who was charged with gun possession after being arrested with one of the gunmen. his friend who had the gun. Their case proves that not all gunmen are capable of committing acts of violence, Mr. Bragg said. (This week, Mr. Bragg called their experience “atypical.”)
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