Alvin Bragg faces civil rights lawsuit from Hispanic store clerk who stabbed attacker

October 10, 2023

Harlem World recently published a profile of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and noted that New York City residents will have the opportunity to meet him at an event this coming Sunday.

While the district attorney has condemned the "injustices baked into our criminal justice system," one New Yorker says Bragg is the one who is causing them.

Attack caught on video

Fox News reported earlier this month former store clerk Jose Alba has filed a civil rights lawsuit over Bragg's decision to charge him with second degree murder.

Alba was thrust into the national spotlight last year when security footage showing him stabbing 35-year-old Austin Simon went viral.

The career criminal was seen rushing behind the counter at Alba's store before beginning to beat and threaten the elderly figure.

Charges dropped following public outcry

Also involved in the violence was Simon's girlfriend, Tina Lee. She encouraged Simon to attack Alba and later stabbed him with a knife of her own. Despite this, Pix 11 reported that Bragg opted not to pursue charges against her.

Alba was subsequently behind bars at New York City's notorious jail on Rikers Island before a public outcry led to his charges being dropped.

The lawsuit asserts that Alba, who is Hispanic, was targeted by Bragg as part of a scheme to achieve "racial equity" in the criminal justice system.

Police and Department of Corrections officials also named in suit

"New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg and/or his subordinates, following Bragg's policy to achieve 'racial equity' in the Manhattan criminal justice system, charged Plaintiff with murder in the second degree and asked for high bail at Plaintiff’s arraignment," Fox News quoted Alba's complaint as stating.

"Despite the fact that Simon and Lee were the initial aggressors, it was Plaintiff who was arrested, incarcerated, and wrongfully prosecuted," it continues.

"While in theory, Bragg’s 'racial equity' policies are a well-intentioned attempt by him to implement even-handed justice, the means and methods employed by Bragg have instead had an opposite effect and resulted in discrimination against certain defendants based on race," the complaint goes on to assert.

In addition to naming Bragg, Alba's lawsuit also goes after NYPD Detective William Garcia and Department of Corrections Commissioner Louis Molina. The latter is accused of providing Alba with "inadequate medical care" while he was incarcerated at Rikers Island.

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