Murder charges dropped against NYC bodega clerk who acted in self-defense

Murder charges have been dropped against a New York bodega worker who fatally stabbed a man who attacked him.

Jose Alba stabbed a 35-year-old attacker in his shop and had previously been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

The story

“It was either him or the guy at the moment,” Alba’s daughter Yulissa told the New York Post last week.

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

The chaos

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg “had initially requested $500,000 bail for Alba, a father of three who immigrated to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic more than 30 years ago and became a U.S. citizen 14 years ago,” according to The Daily Wire.

“That initial request was reduced to $250,000, which Alba’s family still couldn’t afford. On Thursday, it was reduced to $50,000, requiring a $5,000 bond, which his family paid to get him out of jail,” the report added.

The news is a win, both for Alba and for the self-defense rights of Americans.

The arrest and charges were a tragedy following the actions he had to pursue, but the dropped charges are a relief and a reason for Americans to celebrate.

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