Where’s the Media Outrage Over the Murder of 5-Year-Old Cannon Hinnant?

H/T Western Journal.

If Cannon Hinnant was black and his killer was white it would be a huge news story.

But, Cannon Hinnant is white and his killer is black so we hear crickets from the drive-by media.

Demanding social justice has become a regular routine for many Americans these days. From sharing political rants, hashtags and memes on social media to marching down city streets and even setting fire to local businesses, we will get our liberty and justice for all — or else.

The mainstream media has been a platform for these voices, broadcasting protests and speeches from community members around the country who want justice to be served.

Outlets such as CNN are still reporting about the tragic events surrounding George Floyd’s death on May 25, commentating on the unprecedented rising up of Americans demanding justice in such cases “more than 10 weeks after a Minneapolis policeman knelt on Floyd’s neck till the life left his body.”

Cannon Hinnant.

Have you heard his name? Are you hearing his name at all from the establishment news organizations that have been so heavily concerned with cases of injustice and the consequent rage of Americans?

Cannon, 5, was shot in the head Sunday afternoon near his home in Wilson, North Carolina. WRAL-TV reported that police were called about 5:30 p.m. regarding a “shooting in a neighborhood in the 5100 block of Archers Road.”

According to his mother, Cannon was playing outside with his two sisters, ages 7 and 8, just being kids, when the girls saw 25-year-old Darius N. Sessoms, their next-door neighbor, shoot their brother directly in the head.

Another witness, Doris Lybrand, told WRAL that “Sessoms ran up to Cannon, put the gun near his head and fired before running back to his own house.”

The boy died at Wilson Medical Center.

A neighbor said Sessoms and Cannon’s father dined together the night before and that Sessoms even visited his home earlier that Sunday before the shooting.

Police have not reported any details regarding a motive but have said Cannon’s murder was not random.

This is the tragic story of Cannon Hinnant, and it is a story still untold by many major news sources, including CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Online searches using both Cannon’s and Sessoms’ names brought up absolutely nothing from all three of these organizations.

Correct me if I’m wrong.

On Wednesday, Matt Walsh of The Daily Wire called out CNN’s chief media correspondent, Brian Stelter, for the pregnant absence of any reporting on Cannon’s murder.


Why do these news organizations believe Ahmaud Arbery’s life matters more than Cannon Hinnant’s?

What is missing in Cannon’s tragedy that makes his life unworthy of media coverage? Is there nothing to be learned from this child’s life being stolen from him?

What is concerning are the possible answers to these questions.

Consider this: Sessoms is black, and Cannon was white.

The earth is quaking with Black Lives Matter, and a story like this disrupts the ongoing narrative being peddled by the establishment media: Black people are absolute victims. All systems are against them. All non-black Americans are racist, whether they know it or not, and must repent of all the oppression they’ve caused historically and personally.

As Walsh said in another tweet Tuesday, what if the races were reversed?

Saying “All Lives Matter” is considered insensitive because, “Duh, that’s obvious. BLM doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter.” But when it comes down to it, justice for all doesn’t seem so obvious anymore.

The behavior of CNN, The Times and The Post is concerning and shows why sharing stories like Cannon’s is immensely important. The establishment media are shaping the way we look at race relations instead of reporting the truth and letting Americans formulate a real and reasonable perspective on such divisive topics in our country.

I stand with Walsh in honoring the life of this child as much as any other innocent life tragically lost.

Please, share and say his name with us.

His name is Cannon Hinnant.

Advocacy Groups to Facebook: Stop Allowing Anti-Semitism

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Facebook needs to clean up its act.

Nearly 130 advocacy and Jewish groups are pressing Facebook to crack down on anti-Semitic content, which they say continues to plague the social media giant and goes largely unpoliced.

The advocacy groups—including some of the most prominent American Jewish organizations such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and the Endowment for Middle East Truth—are calling on Facebook to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s official definition of anti-Semitism, which includes the systematic singling out of Jewish people with hateful rhetoric and violence. This definition has already been endorsed by the State Department and more than 40 other nations.

Facebook in May said it does not have a policy to combat online anti-Semitism, a disclosure that has lent new urgency to the groups’ effort.

Facebook and other social media sites have grappled with the proliferation of anti-Semitic hate speech as it has skyrocketed globally. While many of these sites have begun to police speech, including that of President Donald Trump, little has been done to stem the spread of anti-Semitism, including by world leaders such as Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

“Jews today, like many other minority communities, are being targeted and attacked in record numbers,” the organizations wrote in an Aug. 7 letter to Facebook executives. “They experience physical violence, harassment, and discrimination offline and online.”

The organizations say they hope their public letter to Facebook pressures the social media giant into taking greater action.

Graham Blasts FBI Over Newly Declassified Memo, Says ‘Somebody Needs To Go to Jail for This’

H/T Western Journal.

Senator Graham, you head the Judiciary Committee make it happen that someone goes to jail.  

Sen. Lindsey Graham released an FBI memo on Sunday from 2018 that he says shows investigators lied to the Senate about statements that the primary source for the Steele dossier told the FBI regarding the salacious document.

“This document clearly shows that the FBI was continuing to mislead regarding the reliability of the Steele dossier,” the South Carolina Republican said in a statement announcing the release of an eight-page briefing document that the FBI provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee in February 2018.

The memo summarizes what Igor Danchenko, the primary source for dossier author Christopher Steele, told the FBI during interviews in early 2017.

Steele relied primarily on Danchenko, a Russian analyst, to collect information for an investigation into Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia.

Steele, a former MI6 officer, provided parts of the dossier to the FBI, which used the information in applications to conduct surveillance against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

A Justice Department inspector general’s report blasted the FBI for withholding information that undercut the reliability of Steele and the dossier.

The IG report said that Danchenko’s statements to the FBI “raised significant questions about the reliability” of Steele’s reports.

According to Graham, the newly declassified FBI memo shows that the bureau did not disclose any of the dossier’s red flags in the Senate Intelligence briefing document.

“Somebody needs to go to jail for this,” Graham said on Sunday

“They lied to the FISA court. They got rebuked the FBI did in 2019 by the FISA court putting in doubt all FISA applications, the FISA court just ripped a new one for the FBI, a year before they’re lying to the Senate Intel committee. It’s just amazing, the compounding of the lies.”

Graham took issue with two lines from the FBI memo, which he said was written in February or March 2018.

“At minimum, our discussions with [redacted] confirm that the dossier was not fabricated by Steele,” the memo said.

It also said that Danchenko “did not cite any significant concerns with the way his reporting was characterized in the dossier to the extent he could identify it.”

Graham says both statements are inaccurate.

He pointed to Danchenko’s remarks to the FBI that he did not recognize some of the information that Steele attributed to him and his sub-sources in the dossier.

Several of the dossier’s most explosive allegations have been debunked.

One of those was Steele’s claim that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen visited Prague in August 2018 to meet with Kremlin insiders to arrange payments to Russian hackers.

The IG report said that the FBI determined by February 2017 that the allegation was inaccurate and that Cohen did not visit Prague.

The time period for the FBI briefing to the Senate Intelligence Committee was a chaotic one in the investigation of the dossier.

In February 2018, both Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released dueling memos regarding the dossier.

Republicans asserted that the FBI relied heavily on Steele’s information to surveil Carter Page, but that investigators had failed to verify any of the dossier’s allegations.

Lance Armstrong’s Bike Shop Cancels Police Contract, Still Expect Cops to Protect from Threats

H/T Breitbart.

I hope the Austin police take the scenic route when they get a call from Armstrong’s shop.

Last week, the Austin, Texas, bicycle shop founded by cycling star Lance Armstrong announced it was ending its contract with the Austin Police Department. However, since that announcement, the shop made it clear they still expect the police to protect them.

Wednesday, the Austin-based store announced that it was canceling its five-year contract with the Austin Police Department, worth nearly $350,000, and would not be renewing it, the Star-Telegram reported.

But even as the shop canceled its association with the police, it insisted that the police should continue to protect them from threats.

“We are not anti-police,” they exclaimed after saying the police are on the “wrong side of history.” The statement continued, saying, “We do believe our local police force will protect us from the very threats we are receiving right now.”

The management added that they had discussed the idea with employees, then insisted that refusal to work with the police is the “best” way “do our part to keep our customers safe and this city moving in the right direction.”

“Businesses can no longer be non-participants in the communities they serve. We chose what we think will do the most to suture these divides and place our community on the right side of history,” the store, opened by Armstrong in 2008, said in a statement posted to Facebook.

The shop’s founder, Lance Armstrong, fell into disgrace after admitting that his trophy-winning career was fueled by doping. In a recent interview, Armstrong admitted to going on performance-enhancing drugs around the year 1992 when he was around the age of 21.

Pompeo Drops Bombshell, Calls Out China and Its WHO Pals for Covering Up a Major Coronavirus Fact

H/T Western Journal.

 The WHO is in bed with the Chi-Coms.

Secretary Pompeo was correct in calling the WHO out.

The United States needs to sever ties with the WHO.

We’re supposed to trust the World Health Organization to save us from pandemics like the one we’re experiencing right now. Inexplicably, given the woeful performance of the global body in the face of an existential threat, liberals howled when the Trump administration announced last month we were pulling out of the WHO, effective July 6, 2021.

In fact, on the day the Trump administration made the announcement, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden assured Americans that he would rejoin the group on his “first day as president.”

“Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health,” he tweeted July 7, promising that membership in the WHO would “restore our leadership on the world stage.”

As an argument, this is problematic. We’re already the WHO’s largest donor and, well, look where that’s gotten us.

If you need an elevator pitch as to why we should be withdrawing, consider a recent appearance by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Fox News in which he pointed out China knew about human-to-human transmission of the virus before telling the world and that the WHO had been “co-opted” into the effort to hide it.

Pompeo made those remarks specifically in response to a question about Dr. Yan Li-Meng, a Hong Kong virologist who fled to the United States. Yan has said Beijing knew about human-to-human transmission three weeks before it told the world.

The Associated Press had already reported in April that the Chinese government knew about human-to-human transmission before it shared that information externally.

However, that report indicated top Chinese officials had only reached that conclusion six days before they informed the WHO, significantly expanding the period in which China and the WHO could have acted.

While the AP noted there was an additional two-week period in which China’s Center for Disease Control didn’t report any cases from local officials while hundreds of COVID-19 patients had gone to hospitals across the country, the report said it was “uncertain whether it was local officials who failed to report cases or national officials who failed to record them.”

Addressing Yan’s assertions, Pompeo said while he hadn’t seen her remarks, the basic premise of her accusations was accurate.

“It is the case that the Chinese Communist Party was aware of human-to-human transmission before they shared this with the world and that the World Health Organization itself was co-opted into the same effort to deny the world the knowledge it needed to respond to this threat, to this threat from the virus that emanated from Wuhan, China,” Pompeo said.

And yes, while China may have been complicit in actively covering up the human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus, it’s not as if the WHO was prying. As Jack Crowe noted in an article for National Review published June 26, part of the reason the WHO didn’t learn of this is that they weren’t pressing too hard.

“[Chinese] authorities learned on or before December 30 that a number of doctors had been infected with the little-known virus, which amounts to clear evidence of human-to-human transmission, but insisted until as late as January 14 that no such evidence existed,” he wrote.

“The WHO credulously repeated the claim until January 22, when they finally admitted what CCP authorities had known for at least a month. During his briefing on January 29, after precious time had been wasted, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, touted China’s handling of the virus, calling it ‘incredible.’”

Credulousness in the face of a potential pandemic is one thing, but active duplicity is another — and in the Fox News interview, Pompeo said the world would hold China to account.

“I can see nations who are doing business in China who are rethinking about how to do that,” he said.

“If you are buying products that are a result of the slave labor that’s happening in the western part of China,” Pompeo said, “if you’re a country that’s bent the knee to China because they tried to come fish in your waters that are rightly yours … I can see nations all around the world that are reasserting their claims, reasserting their sovereignty.

“And of course President Trump’s done that here too. For 40 years … we’ve had administrations that have just looked the other way and allowed China to trample on us. President Trump said, ‘No more.’”

“We’ve seen a virus that started in Wuhan, China, cost the globe hundreds of thousands of people and trillions and trillions of dollars, and I believe the world is going to unite to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for having covered this up when they could have prevented so much of this tragedy,” he added.

As Biden and Trump try to outdo each other in terms of how tough they’re going to be on China — on human rights, the coronavirus and trade — it’s worth noting that holding global actors accountable for how they acted in the face of the coronavirus includes the WHO.

Merely rescinding Trump’s decision to withdraw on his first day in office, as Biden vowed, wouldn’t hold the organization accountable for its poor performance in the face of the crisis.

When it’s the WHO’s role to prevent pandemics, being credulous is being complicit.

Something has to change — and if that involves the United States leaving, then so be it.

Carmen Best, Seattle’s top cop, emails resignation notice to officers: report

H/T Fox News.

Carmen Best made the right move stepping down as Seattle’s top cop.

Seattle has made a move to defund their police department.

Her retirement is expected to take effect on Sept. 2

US Adds Jobs, Unemployment Rate Falls

H/T Western Journal.

Just think of the job growth if blue states were as opened for business as red states.

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a solid increase but a pullback from the gains of May and June.

Many employers have been reluctant or unable to hire, with about two-thirds of the nation having paused or reversed reopening plans early last month.

Counting the hiring of the past three months, the economy has recovered about 42 percent of the 22 million jobs it lost as a result of the pandemic-induced government shutdowns, according to the Labor Department’s jobs report released Friday.

The unemployment rate fell last month from 11.1 percent to 10.2 percent.

The acceleration of the viral outbreak that began in late June more than doubled the daily U.S. confirmed case count by mid-July. The rate of new reported cases has since declined, but the outbreaks led many states and cities to close bars and other businesses for a second time and dampened confidence, causing many consumers to limit their shopping, traveling, eating out and gathering in crowds.

July’s job gain was much lower than June’s 4.8 million and May’s 2.7 million jobs added, both of which were revised slightly.

Hiring was weaker in a range of industries last month. Manufacturing added just 26,000 jobs, less than one-tenth its June gain. Restaurants, bars, hotels and entertainment venues gained 592,000 jobs, just one-quarter of the June increase. Retailers added 258,000 jobs, down from more than 800,000 in June.

The economy is struggling to emerge from the devastating recession that caused the economy to shrink at a nearly 33 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the worst quarterly fall on record. As governments shut down businesses, employers slashed their work forces, consumers cut spending and corporations pulled back on investment and expansion.

The economy has since started to grow again, and many economists have forecast a solid rebound in the July-September quarter, though not nearly enough to offset the second quarter’s dizzying fall.

Friday’s report showed that 16.3 million people were unemployed in July — nearly triple the 5.9 million who were out of work before the pandemic. For people eligible for state unemployment aid, weekly checks average $375, after a supplemental $600-a-week federal benefit expired last week.

The loss of the $600 check has shrunk benefits for America’s unemployed by one-half to three-quarters.

Congressional Democratic leaders and the White House have been negotiating an extension of the unemployment aid. But progress has been limited, and the two sides might not reach a deal before Congress begins an August recess next week.

In the meantime, some employers are adapting to the pandemic by doing business with fewer workers than they formerly employed.

Peter Klamka, owner of the Blind Pig restaurant in Las Vegas, has converted his sit-down restaurant to mainly pickup and delivery orders. His restaurant, whose revenue had plummeted along with tourism, relies mainly on roughly 1,200 condos and apartments located nearby.

Still, Klamka is using data he has gathered from online and mobile ordering to fine-tune his menu and prices. He knows, for instance, that if he drops the price of a pizza by $2 on a Friday night, he’ll attract perhaps 25 more orders. Armed with such knowledge, he can tweak his inventories and staffing.

So far, Klamka says, it’s working well enough that he plans to buy three or four more restaurants in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, which he expects to acquire at bargain prices.

Yet he doesn’t expect to do much hiring. He is operating the Blind Pig with just five employees, down from 25 before the pandemic. He plans to operate any new outlets the same way.

“There’s no real need to bring anyone back,” Klamka said. “There certainly isn’t sufficient business to bring anyone back.”

Suspect Throws Cop Into Potentially Deadly Headlock; 5 Nearby Teens’ Quick Action Landed Them Heroism Medals

H/T Western Journal.

The five teens beyond any doubt saved this officer’s life.

The five teens have restored my faith in young people.

Five teens in Auburn, Washington, have received the civilian honor of a lifetime after stepping into harm’s way to protect a police officer in need.

According to a release on King County’s Facebook page, Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht earlier this week handed down the Sheriff’s “Medal of Heroism” Award for only the second time since it was introduced as a way to “honor community members who do extraordinary things.”

The recipients were 16-year-old Darrell Swilley, 17-year-old Isaiha Sansaver, 19-year-old Dominic Sansaver, and 18-year-olds Tyran Powell and Kai Tavares, who on July 18 intervened to stop a suspected drunk driver‘s potentially life-threatening attack on a lone officer.

The officer, identified only as Deputy Elliott, was not on duty at the time of the incident, according to a report by KCPQ-TV.

“We cannot thank these five young men enough for coming to Deputy Elliott’s rescue. They quite possibly saved her life,” the department wrote on Facebook shortly after the incident.

“Moms and Dads, you should be proud of these kids!”

The King County Sheriff’s Office said Elliott was driving home from work in her marked patrol vehicle at approximately 1 a.m. on July 18 when she was flagged down at the scene of a multiple-car pileup in the city of Auburn.

Stopping to help ensure the health of all the citizens involved in the wreck, Elliott eventually intervened as a seemingly intoxicated man allegedly responsible for the crash began walking away from the scene.

The deputy detained the suspect but was placed in a chokehold by him shortly after calling for backup on her radio.

“Suddenly, the suspect wrapped his arms around Deputy Elliott’s neck, put her in a headlock and began squeezing,” the department said. “She struggled to get out of the hold but thankfully did not lose consciousness.”

It was then that Elliott reported hearing “several men’s voices yelling ‘get off of her’ ” before she was freed by the five local teens and aided in subduing the suspect for arrest.

The deputy suffered only scrapes and bruising as a result of the altercation.

The suspected drunk driver was processed in the jail at the Auburn Police Department and has been charged with one count of felony assault of an officer and another for driving under the influence.

He was also had several warrants out for his arrest, which included another driving under the influence charge and others for vehicle safety compliance violations and driving on a suspended license.

The five good Samaritans in large part responsible for bringing the man to justice were presented their medals on Aug. 3 in an official ceremony put on by Johanknecht and Auburn Police Chief Daniel O’Neill.

“We can’t thank these fine young men enough,” the department reiterated on social media the following day, posting photographs from the award ceremony.

“They are true heroes.”

Florida Couple Arrested After Allegedly Murdering Burger King Employee for Long Wait

H/T Western Journal.

I hope both of these morons get the maximum sentence possible.

If you have a beef with an employee talk to a manager.

A Florida woman who was irate over her waiting time at an Orlando Burger King has been charged in connection with the death of an employee at the restaurant after her boyfriend had already been charged with murder.

The Aug. 1 incident resulted in the death of 22-year-old Desmond Armond Joshua, according to WKMG-TV.

Ashley Mason, 31, was charged with principal to first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office:

Her boyfriend, Kelvis Rodriguez Tormes, 37, was charged with first-degree murder, along with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and destruction of evidence, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Joshua had been working at the restaurant for two days when he was killed.

The incident began at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

Mason’s 13-year-old daughter told police that Joshua was disrespectful to her mother and that she thought he was talking about her and her mother behind the drive-thru window, leading her to throw a small drink at the window.

Mason then got tired of waiting for her $40 worth of food and began to argue with Joshua, according to Fox News.

Although she was refunded her money, she “threatened to bring her ‘man’ to the restaurant,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Not long afterward, Mason returned with Rodriguez Tormes, who demanded to fight Joshua. Joshua accepted the challenge and went outside to fight Tormes.

Rodriguez Tormes put Joshua in a headlock, leading bystanders to break up the scuffle.

Mason saw a handgun in the truck Rodriguez Tormes was driving and took it. Some witness accounts said she pointed it at bystanders.

Mason said that Rodriguez Tormes told her to “give me the fire.” She gave him the gun and he went into his truck, with the windows rolled up.

Joshua then ran up to the truck and Rodriguez Tormes lowered the window.

“You got two seconds before I shoot you,” Rodriguez Tormes said, according to the affidavit.

He shot Joshua once in the chest. The employee died after being rushed to a nearby hospital.

CA May Make Massive Increase in Number of Dangerous Criminals Released into Communities

H/T Western Journal.

Only in Commifornia would they do something this stupid.

If you don’t need to be behind bars right now, you probably shouldn’t be. Jails and prisons are breeding grounds for COVID-19 — and while, under normal circumstances, punitive measures would be perfectly reasonable for someone who doesn’t represent any danger to the community, in this case they’re not the ones who need to stay behind bars.

The problem is that the whole “danger to the community” line is a very blurry one. It’s the kind of situation where federal, state and local officials need to pore over records — including inmates’ criminal history, whom they victimized and what their conduct has been behind bars.

It’s impossible for anyone to say where that blurry line is. I’ll say this much, though: Inasmuch as it exists, if you come up with an estimate of how many prisoners you’ll be releasing and then choose to release 70 percent more than that estimate, my guess is that you’re over that blurry line.

According to Fox News, California is apparently set to have released 17,600 prisoners because of the coronavirus pandemic, well more than it had originally planned to.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that the state overshot the original estimate by 70 percent. That revelation came in court documents in a lawsuit.

A representative of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told Fox News that “in total, 8,032 [inmates] have had their releases expedited and overall, we have reduced the total incarcerated population by more than 18,300 since March as a result of suspension of county jail intake, the expedited release” and people released in accordance with their sentences.

“We’re glad the governor is taking action to release more people,” Jay Johnson, executive director of Californians for Safety and Justice, said in a statement last month.

“This is absolutely critical for the health and safety of every Californian,” Johnson said. “Too many people are incarcerated for too long in facilities that spread poor health.”

Among the prisoners being released is 44-year-old Terebea Williams.

Williams was serving out an 84-years-to-life sentence because of the murder, carjacking and kidnapping of Kevin “John” Ruska Jr.

“I can’t understand why this is happening at all. … I always felt responsible for him. I’m the older sister,” Dena Love, Ruska’s sister, told KOVR-TV in Sacramento.

In February 1998, Williams took Ruska hostage at gunpoint and put him in the trunk of her car. Apparently unhappy with this arrangement as it was, she then shot Ruska in the abdomen and drove from Washington state to Davis, California.

Ruska was still alive when they got to Davis, so Williams tied him to a chair. She was generous enough to leave one of his legs free so he could potentially get people’s attention by stomping. This didn’t work, and he was dead by the time he was discovered.

Williams was convicted of the crime in 2001 and was sentenced to 84-to-life.

Now, 19 years later, she’ll be free.

“And for this to come down, for her to walk, I don’t even know why, to this day, why my son is dead,” Kevin Ruska Sr. told KOVR.

There’s no answer to that, mind you, but the state did say she was in a high-risk category. They declined to say what put her at such high risk.

So, how do you get from the original estimate of 10,400 to 17,600?

The original number dealt with 3,500 who were released to relieve overcrowded prisons and 6,900 who were deemed ready for release in July.

Now, adding on to that, “700 eligible offenders who have less than one-year to serve who reside within identified institutions that house large populations of high-risk patients” and “approximately 6,500 persons identified by the court-appointed Federal Receiver as medically high-risk for complications should they contract COVID-19” will potentially be released, the CDRC representative told Fox News.

However, 5,500 of the inmates could be potentially blocked by Corrections Secretary Ralph Diaz because most of those are serving life sentences.

Not everyone represents the same danger to the community that Williams does, but they don’t have to. At a time when we’re experiencing more than an uptick in lawlessness, putting more criminals out on the street has — not counterintuitively — led to more crime.

In New York City, roughly 2,500 inmates at Rikers Island were released due to the coronavirus. In late June, it was reported that 250 of these — one in 10 — had been rearrested, some multiple times.

Rikers Island, mind you, is a city jail. These are state prisons — where many are being released despite that whole life sentence thing.

“This is not a blanket release, the point-in-time numbers are just a step in the review process as the department works tirelessly to conduct these releases in a way that aligns public health and public safety,” the CDRC representative said.

By releasing a first-degree murderer? By scheduling a 5,500-strong cohort of individuals for release when many of them are serving life sentences?

There’s no alignment there.

No one wants to subject individuals to the potential of death. However, tragic though it may be, there’s a reason these individuals are still behind bars. I would venture quite a lot of them need to stay there.