Last week, I highlighted the case of a New York City gang member arrested for robbery being released on $6K bond and now accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old while out on bail. Well, another NYC judge just released a convicted gang murderer arrested for felony possession of a firearm on zero bond. The abolish bail movement is going to become the new normal unless the silent majority speaks out.
According to the New York Post, which has covered the spate of violent criminals released back onto the streets in recent months, Shakeil Chandler, 32, served eight years in prison for a 2006 murder in Queens. Despite the complaints of the elitists that too many “low-level” offenders are locked up for too long, this reputed Crips gang member was paroled in 2014 thanks to a plea deal in 2009. Indeed, even the most violent gang members are paroled these days.
Like most gang-bangers released from prison, Chandler went back to the criminal underworld. On October 4, he was busted at 2 a.m. at the scene of a shooting in the Bronx and was seen kicking a Taurus .357 Magnum revolver under a car. He was arrested by NYPD and charged with felony possession. Remember, he’s a convicted murderer and a gang member. Yet Bronx Criminal Court Judge Jeanine Johnson released Chandler without bail. She cited, in part, the fact that Chandler “has full custody of his child” as rationale for releasing him.
It’s a shame these legal elites never exhibit the same sense of care and sympathy for innocent families victimized by their bleeding-heart decisions.
This is part of a dangerous growing trend of liberal jurisdictions that claim to detest gun violence doing everything they can to avoid locking up known violent felons who are caught illegally possessing firearms. The fact that Republicans in Washington have not made an issue of this gross hypocrisy in the gun control debate is shocking. There is a real need for tougher federal laws to ensure that federal prosecutors are able to more efficiently scoop up these cases where local prosecutors and county judges go wobbly both on pretrial release and post-conviction sentencing.
However, according to the Post, there is a more intriguing twist to the case of Judge Johnson’s release of Chandler. Perhaps she has such an aversion to jail because she herself was a recipient of jailbreak.