Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg DEFENDS releasing migrants accused of attacking cops in Times Square – as Supreme Court Judge slams him for prosecuting COVID-19 vaccine card dodgers while letting violent perps walk

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg defended the decision to release a group of migrants who allegedly attacked police officers in Times Square as a Supreme Court judge impeached him for prosecuting COVID vaccine card evaders.

Seven suspects were arrested and charged with robbery and felony assault after a brutal attack on NYPD officers in Times Square last Saturday.

Four of those believed to have been involved have been released without bail, now feared to have fled to California by bus using a church-linked migrant charity.

When confronted by reporters about his decision on Friday, Bragg refused to get involved and walked away without answering questions.

One reporter can be heard asking ‘why were those migrants released?’, while another said ‘do you regret it? Do you regret releasing these migrants?’

When confronted by reporters about his decision on Friday, Bragg refused to engage and walked away without answering questions

When confronted by reporters about his decision on Friday, Bragg refused to engage and walked away without answering questions

Bragg kept his mouth shut the entire time, refusing to engage in conversation with the group following him to his car.

During a press conference later that day, Bragg defended the move to release the group, saying it was based on evidence available at the time.

He said: ‘While the video is shocking and disturbing, it is imperative that we definitively identify each defendant to ensure convictions in court.

‘In Manhattan we do not tolerate or accept assaults on police officers. I watched the tape this week. Despicable conduct. It sickened me and infuriated me.’

Yohenry Brito (24) was arraigned in the criminal court in Manhattan on Thursday and is the only one of the suspects who is being held on bail.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office said the $15,000 cash bail or a $50,000 surety was warranted because Brito was positively identified in video of the attack by a “distinct tattoo.”

The brutal attack happened around 8:30 p.m. when officers tried to disperse a disorderly group in front of 220 West 42 Street.

A fight broke out between a suspect in a yellow sweatshirt and the police officers.

The sixth suspect, Yohenry Brito (24), was arraigned in the criminal court in Manhattan on Thursday and is the only one of the suspects who is being held on bail.

Darwin Andres Gomez

Kelvin Servita Arocha

Darwin Andres Gomez (left) and Kelvin Servita Arocha were also released without bail

Wilson Juarez, one of five migrants accused of assaulting two policemen in Times Square

Yorman Reveron

Wilson Juarez (left) and Yorman Reveron are accused of gangbusting two police officers in Times Square.

Jhoan Boada (pictured), 22, was arrested on Monday evening and charged with attempted assault on a police officer and gang assault

Jhoan Boada (pictured), 22, was arrested on Monday evening and charged with attempted assault on a police officer and gang assault

According to the NYPD, the migrants then began attacking the officers, kicking them in the head and body while the two officers tried to pin down one of the other men and tear off his shirt.

The migrants then ran away and made their escape east on 42nd Street to Seventh Avenue.

Around 22:44 that evening, four of them – Darwin Andres Gomez Izquiel (19), Kelvin Servat Arocha (19), Juarez Wilson (21) and Yorman Reveron (24) were arrested.

They were all charged with assault on a police officer, gang assault, obstruction of government administration and disorderly conduct, but were released without bail.

Gomez, Arocha, Juarez and Reveron allegedly gave false names to a church-affiliated nonprofit that helps migrants get rides out of the city, law enforcement sources told the Post.

As he left the courthouse, the 22-year-old raised his middle finger to reporters and smiled

As he left the courthouse, the 22-year-old raised his middle finger to reporters and smiled

The gang reportedly struck after being asked to keep moving without cops.  The alleged attackers were later arrested...and subsequently released without bail

The gang reportedly struck after being asked to keep moving without cops. The alleged attackers were later arrested…and subsequently released without bail

Police sources confirmed the men's migrant status to the New York Post.  Several addresses of the men provided by police are homeless and migrant shelters

Police sources confirmed the men’s migrant status to the New York Post. Several addresses of the men provided by police are homeless and migrant shelters

Three of the men – Izquiel, Arocha and Wilson – were released on their own recognizance, meaning they were released from custody without bail while their case is pending.

Reveron was released under supervision without bail. He already has two open cases for assault and robbery in Manhattan, after he robbed and assaulted a Nordstrom Rack employee in November.

Earlier this week, state Superior Court Judge Brendan T. Lantry slammed Bragg, dismissing felony charges his office brought against two New Yorkers who bought fake COVID vaccine cards.

In a ruling, Lantry called the case overblown and dismissed the charges against the two unknown individuals.

Nursing student JO and RV, an employee at the Department of Environmental Protection, were among hundreds accused of buying the fake document from strip dancer Jasmine Clifford.

Superior Court Judge Brendan T. Lantry slammed Bragg and dismissed charges brought by his office against two New Yorkers.

Superior Court Judge Brendan T. Lantry slammed Bragg and dismissed charges brought by his office against two New Yorkers.

Jasmine Clifford, seen here in 2021, allegedly sold several hundred fake COVID-19 vaccination cards to the dodgers in New York City at $200 a time

Jasmine Clifford, seen here in 2021, allegedly sold several hundred fake COVID-19 vaccination cards to the dodgers in New York City at $200 a time

Clifford is alleged to have sold hundreds of fake vaccination cards to the dodgers in New York City at $200 a time.

Lantry said Bragg’s office “cherry picked” to prosecute and charge him with felony criminal possession of a forged instrument, according to the New York Post.

In the opinion, filed Tuesday, Lantry said Bragg’s office “routinely moves to dismiss significantly more serious charges or entire charges to avoid harsher sentences for previously convicted felons or to jeopardize people’s immigration status.”

It added: ‘These motions filed (by Bragg and his prosecutors) are filed months or even years after the 45-day period has expired to dismiss sexual assault, drug sales, robbery, burglary and other violent and non-violent serious crimes. to show.’

Since taking office in 2022, Bragg has come under fire for not seeking prison terms on certain charges and for downgrading misdemeanor charges in a slew of cases, including armed robbery and some drug offenses.