Adams Blames Bail Law After Release of Teen Charged in Officer Shooting

Judge Boyle set bail at $ 200,000 cash, a $ 250,000 insurance bond or a $ 250,000 partially secured bond. Mr. Williams was released on Thursday after a cousin paid $ 17,500 to secure the bond, according to Ms. Florio. The Bronx district attorney’s office confirmed the amount.

Such arrangements are standard in criminal court, and a hearing was held to ensure that the money was from a legitimate source.

Mr. Adams, who ran on a campaign to improve public safety, is under growing pressure to address violent crime. He released an ambitious public safety plan on Monday that relies on reviving a disbanded anti-crime police unit and also includes several requests from state lawmakers, including the adoption of a dangerousness standard in setting bail – something he has noted exists in every state but New York.

Many left-leaning Democrats and civil rights lawyers have criticized Mr. Adams’s push to amend the bail law, and leaders in Albany have not immediately embraced the idea. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who has a good relationship with Mr. Adams, defended the bail law this week and she said that the changes made to it several years ago were needed. She added that she was willing to consider further changes based on data.

Shontell Smith, the chief of staff to the State Senate’s Democratic majority leader, responded to Mr. Adams’s comments with a message on Twitter, saying the bail law had “NOTHING to do with the suspect being released.”

“The JUDGE set the bail amount,” she wrote, adding, “I support and respect the cops who risk their lives everyday, but bail was applied.”

In response, a spokesman for Mr. Adams, Maxwell Young, said the mayor was referring to Judge Boyle’s having been barred from considering, in determining whether to hold Mr. Williams without bail, whether he was a danger to the community.

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