A New York City man has been arrested for nonviolent crimes six times this year alone, with 139 total arrests reported, and he’s very happy with New York City’s latest controversial bail reform law.

So happy, in fact, that he bragged to reporters as he was being hauled off by police that bail reform is “lit” and that he can’t be stopped from taking “$200, $300 a day of your money, cracker!”.

Fox News reports:

A New York City man who’s now been arrested 139 times thanked Democrats for guaranteeing his immediate release despite repeatedly swiping hundreds of dollars from unsuspecting subway commuters since the state’s new bail reform law went into effect Jan. 1.

Charles Barry, 56, has been arrested six times since the start of this year. He’s been released each time without having to post bail under New York’s new bail reform law since his alleged offenses were nonviolent, the New York Daily News reported. In the past, Barry’s served several stints in state prison and has a lengthy record, including six felonies, 87 misdemeanors and 21 missed court hearings, the newspaper reported, citing court records.

“Bail reform, it’s lit!” Barry yelled to reporters Thursday outside the NYPD Transit District 1 headquarters in the Columbus Circle station before officers transported him to Manhattan Central Booking. “It’s the Democrats! The Democrats know me and the Republicans fear me. You can’t touch me! I can’t be stopped!”

The alleged serial robber, Charles Barry, seemed quite gleeful as he was released from custody and waxed poetic about the new law.

The New York Daily News reports:

Serial subway crook Charles Barry walked out of Manhattan Criminal Court early Saturday after his arraignment in his most recent arrest on Thursday afternoon.

He knew that except for having to spend about 36 hours in police custody, there were no immediate consequences to his alleged crimes, which include charges he snatched cash from people trying to use MetroCard machines.

“I’m famous! I take $200, $300 a day of your money, cracker! You can’t stop me!” Barry yelled to a Daily News reporter late Thursday night as police led him out of NYPD Transit District 1 headquarters in the Columbus Circle station.

. . . . When he was finally released after his hearing early Saturday, Barry was still enthusiastic about Albany’s decision last year to eliminate bail for nonviolent crimes.

“It’s a great thing. It’s a beautiful thing,” he said. “They punk’ed people out for bull–t crimes.”

I’ll leave you with this from the Legal Aid Society:

Mr. Barry’s case underscores the need for economic stability and meaningful social services, not a need to roll back bail reform,” the society said in a statement. “Locking up Mr. Barry on unaffordable bail or worse, remanding without bail, ultimately does nothing to protect the public and fails entirely to address his actual needs.”

 

 
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