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Knife-Wielding Woman Who Attacked Subway Operator Was Recently Released Without Bail

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The New York Post recently reported on a harrowing incident that a subway operator faced.

Eric Shepard, a 41-year old, train operator was a victim of a knife attack by a woman who broke into his cab while he was conducting the train last week.

Because of the shocking nature of this incident, Shepard nearly quit his job.

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“Nobody has our back. It’s like we signed up to die,” Shepard stated.

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“It’s like I’m alone. I really don’t think I am going back.”

The subway operator has ever reason to be worried given that his assailant has been released without bail — a growing trend taking place in New York city where criminals are being coddled by public officials.

Shepard recounted that his attacker — a 19-year-old woman by the name of Autumn Massaquoi who hails from Yonkers, according to police reports — started to kick on the door to his cab as he was operating the train on the night of May 8, 2020.

The assailant was able to break down the door and then proceeded to “lunge” at Shepard. During that time, he had to defend himself with one hand as he drove the train with the other.

“I used my right hand with my left just keeping her off of me until I could safely stop that train,” he stated.

“I am sitting under the East River and I have a knife pulled at me. If I get stabbed I am dying there is no ambulance coming.”

The female attacker was then able to shove Shepard into the back of the train, walked to the middle of the car, flashed her weapon, and ended up charging at him again.

The assailant made it inside the operator’s cab, which prompted Shepard to kick her back into the passenger section.

Shepard closed and locked his door and went on to the next station, Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights, where he sought police help.

“Once I [pulled] up to the station, I didn’t know she was hiding in the second car. I go outside the door to look down the platform and she runs back and attacks me again,” he recounted.

Although Shepard has a long-standing love of trains, this experience has made him reconsider his career.

“This was always what I wanted to do. I have always loved trains,” he stated. “This is disturbing. I haven’t slept. I’m devastated.”

The attacker escaped the scene, but was later arrested at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, according to law enforcement reports. She was then released without bail.

“She was just going crazy. Something is wrong. She was screaming ‘I hate life. I hate the world,’” he stated.

“I’m not mad at her. She needs help I can’t give. My job is to move the train,” he continued. “She needs some mental health treatment or something worse is going to happen.”

MTA spokesman Tim Minton described the incident “despicable.”

“Protecting employees and customers is why the MTA is hiring 500 police officers, and the NYPD assigned more than 1,000 officers to the subway system during overnight closing hours,” Minton declared in a statement.

“The perpetrator should be aggressively prosecuted for an abhorrent attack on a front line transit hero in the middle of a pandemic.”

New York has clearly seen better days when it comes to public order.

Its latest social experiments in criminal justice reform are incentivizing crime and creating a sense of social disorder.

Matters are made worse when considering that New York gun control laws are among the worst in the nation. The state is ranked in 51st place according to Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for most gun-friendly states in the country.

Law-abiding New Yorkers essentially cannot defend themselves adequately as their state government promotes policies that let criminals roam the streets and have there way with innocent individuals.

Shepard may be correct in his instincts to search for another profession.

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The Department of Homeland Security Has Plans to Undermine Immigration Enforcement

The Biden administration is working towards a de facto abolition of ICE.

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Are Democrats going to appease their radical base by abolishing ICE?

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is now putting forward a plan to restructure the federal deportation agency in a way that effectively guts its traditional role of arresting and deporting criminal aliens in the country. 

According to a Washington Times report by Stephen Dinan, Mayorkas revealed the idea last week in a telephone meeting with ICE personnel in Texas. In this call, Mayorkas proposed taking 4,000 members of ICE off the streets and transitioning them into roles of criminal investigators.

As a result of this proposed change, ICE agents would no longer be working to enforce laws against aliens illegally residing in the U.S. This entails reducing arrests and deportations.

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A number of deportation officers said this move was similar to a major city police department shifting its beat cops into detective roles. As a result of this change, no one would be left to patrol the streets for lesser crimes.

“This is an administrative abolishment of ICE as we currently know it,” an ICE source told The Washington Times.

After the phone call, there were still many questions regarding Mayorkas’ intentions with ICE. Questions about what new training ICE agents would have to go through and the pay structure they would be subject to were not addressed.

According to The Washington Times, Mayorkas was of the opinion that ICE officers were in the wrong pay system. Mayorkas allegedly said that deportation officers are in the wrong pay scale but did suggest the idea of a pay raise.

Under the current federal government job system, deportation officers are categorized as GS-1801 jobs and usually fall under GS-12 pay scale. Criminal investigators hold GS-1811 jobs and fall under the GS-13 pay scale.

Mayorkas’ ploy is to use the promotion offers as a way to get ICE agents on board with his plan to gut deportation enforcement plans.

However, one source revealed that many officers feared that they were being forced out of their original jobs.

“It’s all spin,” the source declared. “We’re not going to abolish ICE, but we really are going to abolish ICE as you know it.”

The abolition of ICE is one of the chief slogans for the multicultural Left in recent years, which is committed to importing destabilization levels of migrants.

How ICE’s abolition would look is “tougher to pin down” as Dinan outlined.

Dinan continued:

They usually aren’t talking about investigating smugglers, street gangs or child pornographers. Homeland Security Investigations, with its 7,000-strong force of GS-1811 criminal investigators, perform those duties.

So far, the “Abolish ICE” crowd is in opposition to the Enforcement and Removal Operations, which is generally tasked with arrests, detention, and deportation of people illegally in the country.

Dinan listed off where the majority of these arrests came from: 

Most of those arrests come from deportation officers picking up people who end up in local prisons or jails. But some fraction are at-large arrests in the community — particularly in areas where state and local sanctuary policies block access to prisons or jails.

The administrative tweaks Mayorkas is implementing are indeed a way to defang ICE in a subtle manner. A traditional legislative effort would likely cause massive backlash from voters who would likely take their anger out on politicians at the polls in 2022.

Border security is crucial in maintaining a stable polity. Republicans who have any iota of nationalism in their bones would take this issue and run with it.

Immigration still remains an issue that resonates well with the grassroots.

 

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