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Congressman Lee Zeldin Statement on Release of Career Criminal Who Attacked Two NYPD Officers in Manhattan

Government and Politics

August 28, 2022


Congressman Lee Zeldin Statement on Release of Career Criminal Who Attacked Two NYPD Officers in Manhattan

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NEW YORK – Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), the Republican Party and Conservative Party nominee for Governor, slammed the release of Nathaniel Turner, who allegedly punched a NYPD Officer and tried to bite another NYPD Officer as they tried to stop him from doing drugs on the street. Turner is a career criminal and lifetime parolee who was released without bail following this attack.

Congressman Zeldin said, “If you assault a police officer, you should not be free to roam New York’s streets, and you especially should not be let out without bail. Criminals who assault a police officer should be placed in mandatory pre-trial confinement. A pre-trial release should be rare and considered the exception rather than the norm. Never should that release be without bail.

“Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Paul McDonnell has yet again refused to enforce the law. This is the second case this week in which he allowed a recidivist to walk free on the streets of New York City. He released Turner even though the prosecutor requested $20,000 bail.

“Members of the NYPD, and police forces across the state, are being shown time and again that our elected officials do not have their backs, not in New York City, and not in Albany.”