Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg can't seem to catch a break from being criticized for how poorly he does his job, and rightfully so.
Earlier in the week, a Midtown Manhattan parking garage attendant who shot a would-be thief with his own gun after wrestling it from his hands, who was also shot and ended up in the hospital, was facing charges alongside the actual criminal.
He was going to be charged simply for attempting to save his life and potentially the lives of others.
But according to the New York Post, the parking garage attendant, Moussa Diarra, 57, no longer faces criminal charges after extreme public and media backlash aimed at Bragg's office.
Charles Rhodie, 59, the would-be thief, shot Diarra twice before Diarra took his gun away and shot him.
The Post noted:
Yet cops charged Diarra with attempted murder, assault and gun possession in the case, while Rhodie was slapped with those three raps as well as burglary.
Bragg and his office, already under intense fire for the flimsy, politically-motivated indictment of former President Donald Trump, finally made the right call and dropped any charges against the garage attendant, "pending further investigation," the DA's office added.
Even more shocking was the fact that Rhodie is an established New York City criminal who "has at least 20 prior arrests, mostly for petit larceny, with the most recent one occurring in 2018."
As for Diarra? His record is squeaky clean, which generated even more outrage at Bragg and his radical progressive soft-on-crime policies.
Diarra’s lawyer, Charles Clayman, was relieved to hear that his client, an innocent man only acting in the interest of legal self-preservation, would not face the serious, life-altering charges he was facing less than 24 hours prior.
"We are more than pleased with the result," Clayman said.
He added: "I think what they wanted to do was sort things out, and both men had been shot," he said of the responding police officers. "And they just didn’t have time just to start talking to witnesses at that point."
While it's good that Bragg's office changed its position on the matter, it's a shame that it took an act of public shaming and pressure to arrive at the right, decent call on the matter.
Bragg and his team of prosecutors can't afford any additional missteps, as it has already lost the public's trust and confidence.