Watch: Mother of Homicide Victim Slams TDS Dems: 'You Work For Us!'
On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing in Manhattan to allow those affected by violent crime the chance to tell their stories and discuss whether District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s policies are worsening crime in their city. Unfortunately, the hearing quickly became more about politics than about the victims—with Democrats on the committee using it as an opportunity to take potshots at former President Trump.
Madeline Brame, chairwoman of the Victims Rights Reform Council and the mother of a homicide victim, had had enough and spoke out. “Victims can care less about anyone’s political ideology or party. Neither do criminals. They don’t roll up to a person and ask them if they’re a Democrat or a Republican before they bust them in the head, or before they push them in front of the train, or before they stab them to death,” Brame said.
Brame’s son, Sergeant Hassan Korea, was assaulted by a gang and stabbed by four people he did not know, according to her written testimony. Brame claimed the prosecution of the individuals who killed her son was mishandled by district attorney Alvin Bragg. She said that during Bragg’s tenure, she had been told by an assistant district attorney that the DA’s office “didn’t have the resources to try all four defendants.” One of them, Mary Saunders, pleaded guilty to a completely manufactured charge of assault with a shoe and was sentenced to one year time served. Another perpetrator, Travis Stewart, pleaded guilty to attempted gang assault and was sentenced to seven years only because of his priors.
Madeline Brame, mother of Sgt Hason Correa who was stabbed to death in Harlem in 2018, goes off on Alvin Bragg for dismissing charges and letting murderers go free pic.twitter.com/i3lURvcvXR
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Brame also waved away crime statistics brought up by some committee members, saying “the average New Yorker doesn’t care about any statistic…We care about the mothers who have to visit the morgue to identify their dead’s child body.”
Republicans on the committee zeroed in on Bragg’s Day One Memo as being at the center of a continuing lack of public safety in New York. Jim Jordan (R. Ohio), the Judiciary Committee’s chairman, said, “The policies being implemented by this district attorney are going to ruin this great city. It’s driven by that Day One Memo…that Day One Memo that sent a message to this town to the bad guys in this town: You can do bad things, but you’re not gonna get prosecuted.”
Dem CA Rep Dan Goldman invokes Trump (of course!) in hearing on NYC crime, and crime victim mom Madeline Brame let’s him have it! 👊 --> “Don’t insult my intelligence!.. that’s why I walked away from the plantation of the Democrat party!” Listen! 👇 pic.twitter.com/FCv4acFwXK
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In a statement announcing his Day One Memo, Bragg explained that he would continue to prosecute violent crimes, but avoid prosecuting certain minor offenses that have no impact on public safety, including “marijuana, fare evasion, some trespass cases, driving with 1 or 2 license suspensions, noncriminal offenses such as traffic infractions, resisting arrest for any non-criminal offense, prostitution, and obstructing governmental administration.”
Robert Holden, a Democratic Member of the New York City Council from Queens, said during the hearing that these small crimes contribute to a lack of public safety in the city. He added that his family won’t take the subway anymore due to how unsafe it’s become and cited statistics that there’s been an increase in the seven major crimes recently.
Republicans on the committee also zeroed in on New York’s gun laws and whether they are making the city safer. Representative Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) asked one of the witnesses whether knives kill. Jennifer Harrison, founder of Victims Rights NY, whose boyfriend was stabbed to death, said “New York might have strict gun laws, but it also have conflicting gun laws…all they want to do is talk about gun legislation on the books, but if it’s not enforced, which is what Alvin Bragg is doing, then it’s not going to matter and people are going to die.”
Ms Madeline Brame: “We pay you guys, our tax dollars pay you. You work for us we do not work for you.” 💯🔥🔥🔥🔥🎤 pic.twitter.com/mdTJ0NCnvw
— 🔥🇺🇸 KC 🇺🇸🔥 (@KCPayTreeIt) April 17, 2023
Overall, the hearing showed that Democrats are more interested in taking political shots at Donald Trump than they are in helping the victims of crime or standing up to soft-on-crime policies. They are so obsessed with the former president that they are willing to ignore the real victims of crime and the issues that are impacting public safety. Madeline Brame’s powerful testimony was a stark reminder of the impact of these issues on real people. It’s time for Democrats to stop playing politics and start focusing on the real issues—like how to make our cities safer for all of us.