District Attorney Alvin Bragg told his congregation he’s had a ‘challenging two weeks’ since his start as Manhattan’s top prosecutor, days after it was reported that nine attorneys have quit his office over his ‘soft-on-crime’ policies.
‘It has been a challenging two weeks, church family, challenging. That hour with the Sunday school is one of the best hours of the week. I always tell them, “They do more for me than I do for them,'” he said.
Bragg made the comments during Sunday service at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. The church was honoring the the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. ahead of MLK Day on Monday.
The Harvard-educated former federal prosecutor dismissed criticisms that he’s naïve about public safety after he circulated a day-one memo earlier this month vowing to stop going after some low-level offenses, including subway turnstile jumping, prostitution, and trespassing.
The January 3 memo also outlines a number of circumstances in which charges should be downgraded, including certain cases of armed robbery and drug dealing.
Nine assistant district attorneys reportedly quit since Bragg took over, including John Irwin and Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, who successfully prosecuted sex pest Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Meanwhile, overall crime in New York City is up 30 percent compared to the same time last year, with robbery up by 25 percent and felony assault up by nearly five percent.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Adam Manno