Tyrone Howard, suspected in the fatal shooting of New York City Police Officer Randolf Holder, was formally arraigned late Wednesday and charged with murder as well as robbery.
ABC News has settled on reporting that Howard had been “previously arrested multiple times,” with other sources citing anywhere from 15 to 28 prior arrests. Most reports have settled on 18.
— Jodi Goldberg (@JodiGFox5NY) October 21, 2015
— N. J. Burkett (@njburkett7) October 21, 2015
One reason why is that Howard, who was busted in May for selling crack, avoided two years behind bars and was instead put through an outpatient drug-rehabilitation program. This “diversion” program is intended to reduce overcrowding in the city’s prisons. “But Howard stopped taking part in the program in May,” reports ABC7.
The New York Times reports that “Howard — a repeat drug offender who also used drugs with no admissible history of violence — was exactly the sort that diversion by a judge was designed to address.” According to the Washington Times, David Bookstaver, a spokesman for the state court system, told the Associated Press that “actually, he’s the perfect candidate in many ways” for diversion programs.
UPDATE … Tyrone Howard, cop-killing suspect, called 'perfect candidate' for drug-diversion program https://t.co/Q1cq0JDMKH
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) October 21, 2015
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton disagreed, calling Howard “a poster boy for not being diverted,” adding, “If ever there was a candidate to not have been diverted, it would be this guy.”
The arrest record of the filth who killed Officer #RandolphHolder
When do we start talking about criminal control pic.twitter.com/nkWgWYe9jI
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) October 21, 2015
— Coaxed (@PhiloFiles) October 21, 2015
@Cameron_Gray How in hell do you shoot two people and are walking the streets two years later? NYC has a mandatory three years for a gun
— Cap'n Vere (@CapVere) October 21, 2015
@Cameron_Gray What the hell is a "sealed arrest?" And why is that crap allowed? And why does he have 3 of them?!?! One's enough!!
— Ally (@baconjayhawks) October 21, 2015
— Leigh (@MeOnAJourney) October 21, 2015
— — Bonk — (@BonkPolitics) October 21, 2015
@Cameron_Gray he should have been in prison not out in the public. Our judicial system is awful. They shouldn't have taken him alive.
— BT (@naft82) October 21, 2015
— Professor Chaos (@nightowl197395) October 21, 2015
That’s right. Remember President Obama’s wish list as delivered to the NAACP? If he could just eliminate incarcerations, the money saved could pay for universal pre-K for every 3- and 4-year-old in America, double the salary of every high school teacher, and eliminate tuition at every public college and university. He also said he would restore Pell grants to federal and state prisoners.
… none of which helps Officer Holder or his family now.