“My hands are tied because under the new bail rules, I have absolutely no authority or power to set bail on this defendant for this alleged offense.”
Queens Supreme Court Justice Louis Nock said he had to release the man accused of attacking an undercover Asian NYPD cop without bail due to New York’s new bail rules:
Suspect Ricardo Hernandez, 32 — who faces three hate-crime charges in the attack on the unnamed cop on a Long Island City train platform around 5:30 p.m. Saturday — has at least 12 prior arrests under his belt.
At Hernandez’s arraignment over the attempted push onto the tracks, Queens Supreme Court Justice Louis Nock said the state’s bail-reform measures barred him from holding Hernandez in jail.
“My hands are tied because under the new bail rules, I have absolutely no authority or power to set bail on this defendant for this alleged offense,” the judge said.
The new rules do not allow bail for “attacks that cause no injury.”
The police report alleges:
Hernandez confronted the undercover cop on the N train platform at 31st Street and 39th Avenue in Dutch Kills and tried to shove him onto the tracks.
“That’s why you people are getting beat up,” Hernandez allegedly snarled. “I got nothing to lose.
“I will f–k you up!” Hernandez added, according to cops. “This is my house.”
Hernandez faces three hate crimes: harassment, aggravated harassment, and menacing.DONATE
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.