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Free Jose Alba!

In New York, you cannot kill someone in self defense, but you can kill the defenseless.

Clown World “justice” in New Woke City:

A hard-working Manhattan bodega clerk who was forced to grab a knife to fend off a violent ex-con, now finds himself sitting behind bars at the notorious Rikers Island jail charged with murder and unable to post $250,000 bail.

The sky-high bail for Jose Alba — who has no known criminal history — was just half of what controversial Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office demanded, despite surveillance video showing the clerk being assaulted by his alleged victim in the bodega.

Alba, 51, was charged with the fatal stabbing of Austin Simon, 34, who can be seen storming behind the counter at the Hamilton Heights Grocery on Broadway and West 139th Street to attack the store worker Friday night.

“It was either him or the guy at the moment,” Alba’s daughter Yulissa told The Post Wednesday, saying it was a case of self-defense.

“He’s never hurt anybody. He’s never had an altercation where he had to defend himself. This is the first time for him.”


This poor man is on Rikers Island because he defended himself from a violent ex-con. Words fail. Alba deserves a medal for ridding the city of a thug. The New York Post editorial board points out:

Thanks to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, New York is a city turned upside down.

Get caught with an illegal gun, get released without bail. Shove an elderly person to the ground, attack someone because they are Asian, a slap on the wrist. Shoplift again . . . and again . . . and again . . . nothing.

But defend yourself and your place of business from a man who attacks you, and Bragg sends you to Rikers.

That’s one sign of the values that matter to New York’s ruling class today. Here’s another:

You can’t kill violent thugs who assault you while you are minding your own business without the Democratic DA putting you in jail, but you can kill unborn children, and the state’s Democratic governor will brag about it.


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Peter Pratt
Peter Pratt
When criminals run free, more crime happens. When innocents are prosecuted for defending themselves, justice is gone. And when leaders empower criminals, lawlessness becomes the norm.

Of course, many leaders are now corrupt in New York and other places, without civic virtue and without social trust. It is corruption all the way down.
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Chris Karr
Chris Karr
The site redesign looks pretty good and congrats on moving to a monetization model that relies less on Surveillance Capitalists. :-)
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Scuds Lonigan
Scuds Lonigan
Who will stay and who will go/
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Daniel Baker
Daniel Baker
I do think Alba is innocent, but the case is not quite so clear-cut as people are making it out to be.

To put it plainly, Simon was unarmed, unarmed attacks are *usually* not considered deadly force, and the law does not justify deadly force, even in self-defense, against an attacker who is not using deadly force. If somebody's pushed you down or punched you, as Simon did to Alba, you can push the no-good back, kick him in the balls, or even break his arm if you want, but stabbing him is not generally allowed.

Now, there are certain circumstances in which an unarmed attack may indeed be deadly force. Evidence of this may include a large size or strength disparity between the attacker and the victim, which appears to be the case here between Simon and Alba. Certain unarmed attacks may be deadly, especially grabbing someone by the neck or smashing his head against something hard, and it does appear on the video that Simon grabbed Alba by the neck at one point. Finally, Simon's girlfriend apparently used a knife on Alba at some point in the fight, which would probably further justify Alba killing Simon before the two attackers could get Alba immobilized and helpless.

So yes, I think Alba should end up having the charges dropped, or at least walking at trial. But that's not because there is, or ever has been, some law saying it's OK to kill any unarmed person who lays hands on you. There has to be real cause to fear death or severe bodily harm.
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