Far-Left Manhattan DA Defends Releasing Teen *With Prior Felony Arrests* Who Brutally Beat Cop

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A 16-year-old boy with prior felony assaults was captured on video brutally beating a cop last weekend.

The teen felon got the cop in a chokehold.

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Far-left Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg recommended the teen, who was charged with second-degree assault for Saturday’s attack, be released without bail.

The teen, whose name is being withheld because of his age, will avoid jail and be tried as a child.

“Our system must respond to children as children,” Alvin Bragg’s spokeswoman Emily Tuttle said.

According to Fox News, the teen was arrested on April 12 on a gun-related charge but because he is under 18, the Manhattan DA was unaware of this arrest.

“Under the Raise the Age statute, part of the state’s sweeping criminal justice reforms, 16-and 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors and many nonviolent felonies are automatically prosecuted in family court.” Fox News reported.

Fox News reported:

New York City prosecutor Alvin Bragg defended his office’s decision to go easy on a 16-year-old caught on video viciously assaulting a cop who confronted him for not paying the subway fare – the teen’s third felony arrest in less than four months.

The teen, whose name is being withheld due to his age, was charged with second-degree assault Saturday after he was captured on a 54-second clip throwing more than 20 punches at an NYPD officer, slamming him into a metal gate and putting him in a chokehold at a subway station in Harlem.

At his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, prosecutors recommended the teen’s release without bail and diversion to family court – where he’ll be tried as a child and face rehabilitation rather than prison.

Once a case is moved to family court, it is handled by a separate city department, and the Manhattan DA no longer has any jurisdiction over the matter.

This is the same DA who jailed a bodega worker for fatally stabbing his attacker in self-defense.

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