On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing in Manhattan for victims of violent crime to speak out against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s policies that are worsening crime throughout the city. This hearing is meant to highlight how Bragg should be more focused on violent crime in his city instead of wasting taxpayer dollars by prosecuting former President Donald Trump for alleged hush-money payments.
The Democrat lawmakers at the hearing brushed aside the heartbreaking testimony from friends and family members who were killed in NYC, instead claiming that these witnesses were being used as “props” to defend Trump.
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) spoke at the hearing, suggesting that the witnesses who lost their loved ones to crime in NYC were only there as “props in a MAGA Republican production” to attack DA Bragg. This cold statement caused an uproar in the committee room, with one person asking Johnson to not “talk down” to them.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined in on these attacks, trying to discredit the witnesses’ testimonies about the mistreatment they have endured at the hands of the New York City justice system.
.@RepAdamSchiff gets heckled by an audience member after bringing up Donald Trump during the committee's hearing about violent crime in NYC.
The man shouts "Your'e a scumbag!" to Schiff. pic.twitter.com/tyd2odiw2A
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One of the witnesses who spoke at the hearing was Madeline Brame, a mother whose son, Sgt. Hason Correa, was stabbed to death in 2018 in Harlem, a brutal incident that was caught on video surveillance footage. Correa was an Army veteran and a married father of three.
Since her son’s tragic death, Brame has repeatedly spoken out against DA Bragg for the poor handling of her son’s case.
“When Alvin Bragg came into office, he was held – he was handed a strong, trial-ready murder case and gang assault case against all four of these individuals, where this brutal, savage homicide was captured on video,” Brame testified on Monday. “As soon as [Bragg] took office, the case immediately began to unravel. He dismissed – completely dismissed – gang assault and murder indictments against two of the defendants clearly on video participating in the brutal savage slaughter of my son.”
Brame said that Bragg dismissed the indictment of one of the involved assailants, Mary Saunders, re-charging her instead with “assault with a shoe” and sentenced her to just one year in prison.
“If that’s not a threat to public safety, I don’t know what is,” said Brame. “She’s capable at any moment of snapping and attacking someone, and holding them while someone else plunges a butcher knife into their body.”
Brame also said that another one of her son’s assailants, Travis Stewart, got his gang assault and murder indictment dismissed by DA Bragg and changed to “attempted gang assault.”
“This is the type of criminal element that we have walking the streets of New York City on a daily basis… Free to do what they want, when they want, however they want, to whoever they want with no consequences. No deterrents.”
Brame then called for all funding to the DA’s office to be pulled until he starts doing his job and prosecuting crime.
“I propose that not another dime of our federal tax dollars be pumped into [soft policing organizations] until they can produce measurable outcomes of the effectiveness of what they are doing with our tax dollars,” she said. “And as for this district attorney’s office, if he is receiving one penny of federal dollars, you need to pull that funding until he starts doing his damn job and prosecuting crime.”
Madeline Brame lost her son to violent crime in New York City.
He was an Army veteran.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) April 17, 2023
Despite the obvious mishandling of justice that took place during the trials of Brame’s son’s killers, Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-NY) tried to claim that the hearing is a “charade to cover up for an abuse of power.”
“[The Witnesses] are going around talking incessantly outside of this hearing about Donald Trump, and the purpose of this hearing is to cover up what they know to be an inappropriate investigation,” said Goldman.
Brame jumped in to defend herself, saying, “Don’t insult my intelligence… You’re trying. to insult me like I’m not aware of what’s going on here. I’m fully aware of what’s going on here. That’s why I walked away from the plantation of the Democratic Party.”
Rep. Daniel Goldman tries to say the violent crime hearing is a "charade" and witness Madeline Brame, whose Army vet son was killed in NYC, tells him "Don't insult my intelligence… This is why I walked away from the plantation of the Democratic Party." pic.twitter.com/2OBrEmvYQY
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Speaking to Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX), Brame blasted the Democrat lawmakers for trying to politicize the hearing.
“Victims can care less about anyone’s political ideology or party, neither do criminals,” said Brame. “They don’t go up to a person and ask them if they’re Democrat or Republican before they bust them in the head.”
Madeline Brame, mother of a veteran who was murdered, on Dems bringing up Trump
“Victims can care less about anyone’s political ideology or party, neither do criminals. They don’t go up to a person & ask them if they’re Democrat or Republican before they bust them in the head” pic.twitter.com/YzxFRseBPT
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) April 17, 2023