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After closely reviewing all the evidence from Mr. Pomerantz’s investigation, I came to the same conclusion as several senior prosecutors involved in the case, and also those I brought on: more work was needed. Put another way, Mr. Pomerantz’s plane wasn’t ready for takeoff.
Found on CNN 9 months ago
It’ll go as long as the facts and the law require, but as I said today, we ended a very important chapter. So, a good part of the year was focused on this very, very consequential chapter and now we move on to the next chapter.
Found on CNN 10 months ago
As a Black man, I have personally experienced racial profiling countless times in my life and I sympathize with the young man victimized in this incident, this plea ensures appropriate accountability for Miya Ponsetto by addressing underlying causes for Miya Ponsetto behavior and ensuring this conduct does not reoccur.
While we can never bring [Bayron-Nieves] back, or fill the hole left in her loved ones’ hearts, this indictment brings us one step closer to securing justice for her and for her family, new York City is in the midst of a gun crisis, and tackling gun crime with important prosecutions like these is the top priority for my office.
We share Commissioner Sewell’s call for frank and productive discussions to reach common ground on our shared mission to deliver safety and justice for all and look forward to the opportunity to clear up some misunderstandings, this conversation, that has already started, is best done directly and not through the media.
We have a time where we have both violence rising and incarceration, and the goal is to simultaneously reduce both, i had a shooting on my block a month ago, I've had a knife to my neck, I've had a semi-automatic weapon to my head, I know these issues intimately. So what we are doing is not working, plain and simple and this is our path forward. This is how we reduce violent crime the most.
I just knew from that early age, there would be a better way to protect people's civil rights, and get a real sense of community based public safety, i know how to get to true public safety. And I can assure folks that arresting people for things that have absolutely nothing to do with public safety do not make it safer.
In addition to being the first Black district attorney, I think I'll probably be the first district attorney who's had police point a gun at him. I think I'll be the first district attorney who's had a homicide victim on his doorstop. I think I'll be the first district attorney in Manhattan whose had a semi-automatic weapon pointed at him. I think I'll be the first district attorney in Manhattan whose had a loved one reenter from incarceration and stay with him, and I'm going to govern from that perspective.
This has been a long journey that started in Harlem. And today, that 15-year old boy who was stopped numerous times at gunpoint by the police is the Democratic nominee to be Manhattan District Attorney, we are one step closer to making history and transforming the District Attorney's office to deliver safety and justice for all.
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