On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing in New York City, hearing from victims of violent crime in Manhattan and how the borough’s District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s lenient stance on prosecuting criminals has continued to hurt them.
Speaking through an interpreter, bodega worker Jose Alba recounted being attacked and stabbed while working one day in July of 2022, defending himself in an act of self-defense, and being arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Alba said that on July 1, 2022, he went to work “just like any other day. I took pride in the hard work I put in every day that the story to earn my own money and support myself and my family.”
“That is when I encountered a true and real threat to my life.”
Alba said that on that day, he told a woman that she could not have the potato chips she attempted to purchase after her payment was declined. Read more…