"Progressive" outraged that homeless man got off too easy with $5,000 bail.
Earlier this month, a subway cleaner was assaulted by a homeless man with a long record of arrests. The Young Turks’ Ana Kasparian is really outraged about it.
She’s mad at cops for being “cowards who don’t want to do their job” (fair) and “AND THEN ON THE OTHER HAND YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN LIKE LA-LA LAND! UTOPIA! WHERE THEY THINK ‘NO NO NO’ WE NEED TO ABOLISH ALL PRISONS ABOLISH ALL POLICE AND JUST LET THESE MANIACS GO AROUND ASSAULTING AND KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE INCLUDING WORKERS. UNACCEPTABLE,” she yelled. “I AIN’T ABOUT THAT'!”
MIGHT I—sorry. Might I suggest a third option? How about providing homeless people suffering from clear psychiatric problems the drugs and therapy they need to get their lives under control as well as stable, permanent housing?
First of all, she doesn’t get her facts straight, claiming that the assailant had been arrested for assault 40 times. He’s been arrested that many times, but not all for assault.
“Now Alexander Wright, the perpetrator here, whom police say [lol] is … “
… he has $5,000 bail. So if he can post bail he’s out there in the public again!”
How much money does Kasparian think homeless people with psychiatric problems make annually? Somewhere in the mid-triple digits? Did she check his Linked-In to determine he can post $5,000 bail, because Goldman Sacks handed employees an extra bonus this year? Maybe she found an instagram account that showed him partying on a yacht? That’s it! Maybe he’ll sell his yacht to post $5,000 bail.
In one of his previous charges, he slugged a woman on the street. “Police found K-2 on him,” Kasparian said with extra outrage. It was a violent act. The woman looks like she lost consciousness. But why is the solution to throw him in Rikers? Most people at Rikers are there pre-trial, meaning that they are legally innocent. So, why aren’t they a part of the “public” that needs to be protected from this “maniac?”
Plus, do you know why people with psychiatric problems who live on the street do K-2? Because they don’t have access to weed, which mellows you out, or benzos, which also mellow you out.
Show me someone who has access to therapy, Xanax or Ativan in case they have a panic attack, can chill with some high-grade weed gummies in their air-conditioned apartment — and I’ll show you someone who is not getting arrested for the 41st time for assaulting a subway cleaner.
I’m not sure why progressive and liberal women pundits and reporters have started Karen-ing out. Is it just something that happens when middle age looms? You don’t want to go out after 9PM and also you freak out about homeless people (see also the articles the Atlantic published about the Chesa Boudin recall, from (I think) progressive reporter Annie Lowrey and Nellie Bowles, who is obviously not progressive but identifies as liberal.
Is it like all the prominent progressive male pundits who are basically Tucker Carlson right-wingers now? “Get off my lawn, woke Gen-Zers and homeless people!!!”