United Bodegas of America (UBA) spokesman and former New York Metropolis Republican mayoral candidate Fernando Mateo known as for costs to be dropped in opposition to 61-year-old bodega clerk Jose Alba, who was arrested and charged with homicide within the demise of a profession prison who attacked him final week.
Talking with Breitbart Information on Monday, Mateo started by describing his intention to convey a message to Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg in a deliberate assembly Tuesday.
“We’re hoping that he’s going to drop the costs in opposition to Jose Alba,” he mentioned.
Within the assembly, Mateo mentioned he would pose “a collection of questions” to the Soros-aligned DA, which is able to embody demanding a proof for his “place on self protection” and what his workplace intends to do with the intention to “cease looters, robbers, assaults and murders of bodega house owners.”
“What’s his workplace gonna do to help bodega house owners from criminals?” he requested. “Does his workplace help gun licensing for bodega house owners?”
Mateo additionally intends to ask Bragg whether or not he would contemplate not prosecuting Alba and whether or not the novel liberal DA will help the “stand-your-ground” legal guidelines that his group known as on the town to undertake earlier this week with the intention to shield these behind the counter.
Expressing help for bodega house owners being armed to discourage would-be criminals following the latest Supreme Court docket landmark determination that struck down a New York regulation limiting those that can carry hid weapons, Mateo famous that “New York is attempting to combat that [decision] away.”
“So let’s hope they don’t achieve any traction on that,” he added.
Mateo additionally expressed his hope that New York “will make it simpler for individuals and enterprise house owners to get authorized weapons in the event that they select to.”
Requested about crime victims being handled as criminals and vice-versa because of the DA’s liberal insurance policies, Mateo insisted Braggs was not doing the proper factor.
“If the query is, do you suppose he’s doing the proper factor? The reply is not any,” he mentioned.
“I feel that he can do the proper factor by dropping the costs in opposition to this harmless man who was defending himself,” he added, stating that he was “hopeful” that will occur.
Mateo’s message comes after Jose Alba was freed on bond following his arrest for second-degree homicide for fatally stabbing 35-year-old ex-convict Austin Simon, who attacked the Manhattan bodega employee behind his counter.
The emergence of surveillance video has raised the likelihood that Alba was performing in full self-defense.
61-year-old bodega employee Jose Alba was attacked by an enraged profession prison, Austin Simon, who went behind the counter and choked him over a bag of chips. Alba defended himself, and Simon died. DA Alvin Bragg has charged him with homicide. pic.twitter.com/FIfL1O1q7X
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 7, 2022
Extra not too long ago, video footage obtained by the New York Publish appeared to point out Alba being stabbed by the ex-convict’s girlfriend, who appeared to attract a knife from her bag.
— New York Publish (@nypost) July 10, 2022
Final yr, Mateo blasted Democrats for having “destroyed” the Huge Apple.
“We’re uninterested in [Democrats]; we’ve had sufficient,” he mentioned. “Democrats destroyed our metropolis.”
“Have a look at the rubbish, take a look at the graffiti, take a look at the looters, the vandalism, the assaults on seniors. Have a look at our arts and cultural facilities — they’re all closed,” he added.