As lawmakers grilled in Albany, Shea also struggled to answer insightful questions from Assembly members representing the five boroughs, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
It was probably a day when Shea wished he could stay in bed, or not even made the long journey to the state capital. Because in addition to moving his story to the cause of gun violence, he had a fight, shall we say, selective amnesia about an embarrassing case in which the NYPD pinned a crime on the wrong person.
“I certainly have confidence in the police in New York City,” said Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, who represents the Bronx.
It started out OK, but tongues started running after Shea seemed to return to her repeated insistence that state bail reform laws is a major reason why police cannot prevent gun violence.
Dinowitz just wanted to know, “Are there people who don’t have bail, for example, or set bail and they take bail, I don’t know, and then make another shot and are re -arrested for the same crime?”
“When you look at who we arrested for the crimes, it would be small,” Shea said. “If you look at the sum of how many shooting arrests we make, and the percentage, it’s not dramatic.”
Meanwhile, CBS2 got a report from the city’s Office of Criminal Justice that threw cold water on Shea’s bail reform dispute. It shows that 9.7% of defendants were released without bail for firearms, before the bail reform was passed. It fell to 3.5% after the bail reform was enacted.
But there are more difficult questions about Shea’s penchant for blaming bail reform.
“In June of 2020, Commissioner Shea, you blamed the bail for increasing the hunt. But a New York Post study of the NYPD’s own data found that the claim was untrue. Do you agree with New York That post is a false claim? ”Assemblywoman Latrice Walker said.
“Madam, I don’t generally take long, you know, debates about what’s going to appear on paper,” Shea said.
The Assemblywoman also grilled Shea about an incident two days ago in which the commissioner blamed the bail reform for the reason a police officer said was responsible for a purse seizure in Brooklyn on a 65-year-old still on the street.
“We have a case in Brooklyn right now. We’re looking for an individual who has 11 open cases today and then he came out and brutally attacked a woman on the street,” Shea said in an interview.
It was an “oops” moment. After Shea discussed it on the radio, the red cops had to retract the story because the man they identified as the culprit was behind the bar when the attack took place. Asked about it at the hearing, Shea all but took the Fifth.
“I don’t know the case you’re referring to,” Shea said.
Meanwhile, the Legal Aid Society called on lawmakers to ignore Shea’s calls for changes to bail laws. It charged that Shea relied on “lies, fear scares, dog whistling and other unscrupulous tactics” to undermine reforms.