Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered another blow to New York’s Finest on Wednesday when he reappointed a Brooklyn judge who freed without bail two men who threatened cops just days after the Bed-Stuy double police assassination.
He also did this appointment two days after meeting with five New York police unions in an attempt to repair relations.
There’s this tidbit about that Brooklyn judge, Laura Johnson:
After…Coley’s [one of the two who’d made the threat above] no-bail release in the NYPD threat case, Johnson was informally admonished by an official with the Office of Court Administration, sources have said. The court administrator told Johnson she “should be setting an example to the public that threatening or assaulting police officers isn’t an acceptable thing,” one source said.
But instead of following the advice, Johnson doubled down later that same day and freed a man charged with attacking a cop outside a Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn.
Of course, a proper reappointment, or a decision not to reappoint, has to consider the judge’s overall performance, not just a couple of rulings, however….