Well, at least New Yorkers have a new hero. I’m of course talking about Ro Malabanan, the black belt jiu-jitsu MMA fighter who detained a madman he saw walking around Soho beating people up.
In recent times, New Yorkers have sometimes been criticized for their calmness in the face of violent crime. Who could forget that May sequence of a woman on the New York City subway getting her hair pulled by a thug while other passengers look on? What were all these men doing while the woman sat in a state of clear and utter terror? The bravest filmed it on his phone. The others were just pretending to be swallowed up in theirs.
Malabanan’s story is therefore a kind of relief. As The Post reported earlier this week, Samuel Frazier was walking the streets of Soho’s shopping district, assaulting random people in the middle of the day. After seeing him punch a construction worker, Malabanan chased Frazier, jumped onto his back, and dragged him to the ground in what’s called a seatbelt position. While Frazier screamed and complained about the unfairness of it all. Malabanan kept the thug stuck on the sidewalk until the police finally arrived.
“A lot of crazy people on the street right now,” the hero said afterwards. And he is not wrong. The problem is, it’s not clear that there are enough sane people about to take them down.
The city is now suffering from a perfect storm of violent crime. And of course, it starts at the very top. Even Mayor Adams admits that “our criminal justice system is insane”. As The Post reported yesterday, we have a criminal justice system in this city that acts like a revolving door. “No bail” laws allow criminals to get away with it again and again. Sometimes these are crimes that the authorities now seem to consider too minor to concern themselves with. “Victimless” crimes, like, oh, shoplifting, burglary, robbery, and auto theft.
Some of those arrested for these crimes have been arrested up to a hundred times. But their criminal career goes on and on. Because of this city’s crazy bail reform laws. Activists have spent years claiming that bail reforms are the key to ending recidivism. It turns out they do the exact opposite – acting as an incentive mechanism. Who could have guessed?
But it’s not just these supposedly “minor” offenses that this city lets people get away with. What’s worse is that it literally lets them get away with murder. Watch the story that emerged this week from the Brooklyn McDonalds shooter. Michael Morgan, currently in police custody for shooting the McDonald’s employee, was no sooner arrested than he was slapped with a rap for an unrelated murder in 2020. Morgan reportedly confessed to murdering Kevin Holloman who was shot three times in bed -Study. Just one of hundreds of murders that occur in this city every year that are random, brutal, life-destroying to families, and quickly forgotten by everyone else.
Holloman’s murder would have remained another unsolved murder if Morgan’s mother hadn’t complained this week that she had been served cold fries. How did this young man respond to his mother’s FaceTime complaint, only to walk around the corner and shoot the McDonald’s employee in the neck. The victim is brain dead, barely alive. But how did Morgan’s family react to his diabolical act? His girlfriend’s grandmother (who allegedly handed him the gun) said it would have all been resolved “they just gave the lady some hot fries”. You can see the kind of value Morgan and the people around him place on human life.
When this town went through a crime wave before it was solved, the police were ordered to check even the most minor infractions. The famous “broken windows” police. The city needs it today. Every day you can see the growing number of “homeless” people in the city making a threat to the streets. Everywhere you can now smell the stench of legalized marijuana. Another thing we were promised would reduce crime. Well I don’t see that. You don’t have to push through the haze of marijuana smoke from any major street in this city to see illegal drug deals happening in broad daylight. Sometimes I wonder if the police just gave up.
If they had, I wouldn’t necessarily blame them. What’s it like to be a police officer in New York in 2022?
You just had years of politicians and mobs insisting you’re a racist. And a so-called murderer. You had to endure the lowest morale imaginable. You have seen an unprecedented number of colleagues take early retirement and leave the force. And you saw the problem at the other end, which is admission. Is anyone surprised that there is a problem recruiting the police? Who would want to embark on a profession where one is so little respected and so badly treated?
The police are blamed when they don’t do their job. But now they get no satisfaction when they do. They have to put up with seeing the violent offenders they’ve just caught being released that day. It doesn’t take much imagination to see what that must do for an officer’s morale. You do the job you’re employed to do, only to find that a bunch of liberal prosecutors and others have made your job like pushing a boulder up a hill, over and over again forever.
I’m glad we have a new hero to take to New York. I wish the whole city was filled with MMA fighters. But more than that, I wish we had an authorized police force to watch over this city and a criminal justice system that could “fasten the seatbelt” on people who need it so badly.