29-year-old Kurdel Emmanuel was released on his own recognizance Monday on charges of assault, attempted robbery, and attempted criminal possession of a weapon, after he tried to wrest a weapon away from a female police officer.
Police Union leaders are outraged at Judge Baily-Schiffman for her decision, as bail for Emmanuel was set at $250,000, and the suspect had voiced wanting to kill a cop.
Further enraging police is the fact that Emmanuel suffers from mental health issues, something that is often the case with assailants who hurt police officers.
Bronx officer Miosotis Familia was killed in an ambush Wednesday. The gunman was another mentally troubled man who said he wanted to go after cops. That man Alexander Bonds was killed fleeing the shooting.
“This is a sickening display of carelessness or callousness by a judge who should be fully aware of the similarity in the circumstances between this thug’s crime and the assassination of police officer Miosotis Familia,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch, said, according to WPIX-TV. “We have seen too often the unbalanced act out against NYC police officers with deadly effect.”
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