- Last Updated: 1:06 AM, July 9, 2012
- Posted: 1:06 AM, July 9, 2012
This time, it’s personal. Just in time for the rash of bloody shootings that marred the city’s Fourth of July, dangerous dimwits who sit on a Manhattan appeals court stabbed good people in the eye — or shot us in the heart.
It took seconds — the time it takes to pump a pistol trigger. The panel of august jurists, none of whom presumably lives in a treacherous housing project, threw out the conviction of a teen found with a loaded gun after a police stop-and-frisk.
Are they nuts?
Jaquan Morant was 14 and had a rap sheet when Officer Mourad Arslanbeck saw him in 2010 looking up and down the street before a sketchy Harlem project and acting “fidgety.’’ Morant gave the cop permission to search his backpack. Guess what.
The patrolman found a loaded gun, proving the majority of criminals are too stupid to get away with it.
That is unless they have powerful help. And last week, Morant won the grand prize in the hugs-for-thugs lottery.
Sentenced to 15 months probation, Morant had that small guarantee against trouble yanked away. Five state appeals judges voted 3-2 to toss the youth’s gun conviction. They said Arslanbeck lacked both the reasonable suspicion needed to justify patting down Morant and the probable cause needed to search his bag.
Horse pucky. A war is being waged on the effective police policy of stop-and-frisk, and it will end in buckets of blood on city streets. It’s already begun. In less than a week, there’s been a wave of at least 18 shootings with 16 deaths.
In a single week, two convictions based on stop-and-frisk were tossed by judges who are proving more dangerous to the common good than the miscreants they love.
Days earlier, the state Appellate Division overturned the conviction and probation sentence of Darryl Craig, also 14, whom cops caught carrying a .25-caliber pistol in The Bronx in 2010.
Three months after his arrest, Craig allegedly tried to shoot a Queens man to death. But the appeals panel either didn’t know — or, more likely, didn’t care.
I guess the courts ran out of milk and cookies.
“I don’t know what you’re supposed to do other than that — just send the kid, give ’em a flower and say go out and kill somebody?” Mayor Bloomberg said of idiot judges.
His spokesman, Marc LaVorgna, said, “They are basically saying officers need to wait for someone to stick a gun in their face before looking for a weapon.’’
The people of Tremont in The Bronx have even more to fear. “That kid doesn’t need to have a loaded gun near a school,” Reynaldo Vega, 28, told The Post. “The cops getting that gun maybe saved a life.’’