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For DA Manhattan, New Highlights on Gun Crime

Good morning. Today is Thursday. We’ll take a look at recent episodes of gun violence that challenge the handling of Alvin Bragg, the new Manhattan district attorney. We’ll also look at a crime scene at the theater, home to the soap opera “Perfect Crime”.

Alvin Bragg, who took office as Manhattan district attorney earlier this year, campaigned on the promise of lenient policies that he said would make the criminal justice system fairer. He often talks about gun possession cases that don’t deserve harsh prosecution or prison sentences. Not everyone charged with such charges was involved in the violence, he said.

That was before a series of high-profile shootings brought a new sense of insecurity to a city ragged and exhausted by the pandemic. In less than three weeks on the job, District Attorney Bragg has faced backlash over the policies he promoted as a Bragg Candidate.

On Wednesday, he announced the recalibration. He said that since taking office, he has realized he needs to be more clear about when traditional prosecutions are appropriate. He also appointed a new prosecutor to oversee his office’s work on gun crime.

[After Spate of Shootings, Manhattan D.A. Takes Tougher Stance on Guns]

My colleague, Jonah Bromwich, writes that Bragg’s change in tone comes days after Mayor Eric Adams announced the “Blueprint to End Gun Violence.” Besides outlining actions the city will take, it also calls on criminal justice organizations — including district attorneys like Bragg — to adopt tougher policies to crack down on gun violence. bullet.

Bragg now hopes to turn the tide in his first few weeks in office. He began his term with a memo instructing the approximately 500 prosecutors who worked for him to search prison or jail time only for the most serious crimes. Owning a gun is not one of them, unless there are “exceptions.”

Bragg wants to strike a balance between keeping the public safe with minimizing the harm the criminal justice system can do to defendants. But after the memo put him at the center of the prosecution responsibility debate, he found himself assuring audiences that violent crime would be taken seriously. During an appearance on Monday with the nonprofit Citizens Crime Commission, he revised his usual mantra of “safe and fair.”

“I was almost thinking about saying, instead of ‘safe and fair,’ it’s more like ‘safe and secure,'” he said.

Now, he said, prosecutors in his office will have discretion over the individual cases they handle. And Peter Pope, who was appointed by Bragg to the new job overseeing the work of the gun crime office, said he will focus on who controls gun crime in Manhattan and the origins of gun crime. guns.


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Perfect Crime? It’s definitely a showstopper.

Castle Offway Play “Perfect Crime” missed eight shows this week, not because of a positive coronavirus test among cast members — an issue that has plagued several Broadway shows — but because of a crime. Someone stole copper water and heating pipes from the building that has been the site of “Perfect Crime” since 2005. Catherine Russell, who has performed in “Perfect Crime” since its premiere in 1987, said the The show will continue tonight.

Russell, who will appear as the 13,812th psychiatrist tonight, said: “It’s ironic that the play is ‘Perfect Crime’ and this is the perfect kind of crime – they did evade it. “The Perfect Crime” claims to be the longest running play in New York City history. It reopened in April, the first Off Broadway show with a live audience to do so with Actors’ Equivalency approval after a 13-month pandemic shutdown.

The theft doesn’t seem to have “the make up of a good horror movie” – a phrase The New York Times used about “Perfect Crime” when it came out in 1987. The play involves a murder, a wretched detective, and a psychiatrist that the detective can’t connect to the crime.

The police also did not connect anyone to the pipe theft, although Sgt. Jessica McRorie, a police spokeswoman, said the investigation was still ongoing.

Russell said the caper must have started last Thursday. She noticed a leak around the boiler a few hours before the curtain went down. At 10:30, when she returned with a plumber, she noticed that some of the pipes were bent. “I said, ‘They don’t bend at 6 o’clock,’ she recalls. “He said, ‘People steal copper pipes.'”

The next morning, someone called from the pharmacy in the same building, saying there was no water. “The thieves were very pleased to turn off the water supply,” she said, but she realized this only after she turned the valves and water gushed out.

Russell, who was also the general manager of the building, Theater Center at 210 West 50th Street, reported the crime to police. She suspects that the perpetrators broke into an empty old Irish pub that shared the building with the theater and from there made their way down to the basement, where they disconnected and stole pipes.

Another clue, or another crime? “A bullet casing and blood were found on the floor of an empty pub,” she said. And on Sunday night, surveillance video showed a man in clothes kneeling trying to kick the theater’s glass door, she said. “I think he has a purpose.”

She said that eight performances of “Perfect Crime” were canceled, as well as four performances of “The Office! A musical parody,” is running in the second theater in the building. She estimates a loss of between $25,000 and $30,000. She said that actors were getting paid for missed performances.

Russell said she was ready if the thieves returned. “I have a gun,” she said. “I shoot the gun in the play. I don’t go around with a real gun. But I have pepper spray. I always have pepper spray in my wallet. I have never used it”.



Dear Diary:

I was waiting for B at Rockefeller Center when I noticed I was bleeding. I asked a woman on the platform if she had a tissue.

She started rummaging through her bag as the train entered the station.

“I’ll get the next one,” she said, still rummaging around.

She took out some toilet wipes. The ship was still there, and we jumped aboard just before it pulled out.

Not long after, she realized that she couldn’t find her phone. I called it several times hoping to see it vibrate in her pocket, but the calls went to voicemail.

Other riders were caught up in what was happening, telling me to keep calling and telling her to go back to Rockefeller Center. She got off at 86th Street to go back.

I noticed I missed some calls. Then I got another one.

“I thought I had your phone,” one man said when I answered. I realized the woman must have dropped it while rummaging through her bag looking for me.

I asked the man to give the phone to the station staff. He said he’d rather wait to give it to the woman himself. It would be safer, he said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/nyregion/manhattan-da-gun-crimes.html For DA Manhattan, New Highlights on Gun Crime

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