New York Post
Oct. 15, 2011



Editorial

Coddling cop-shooters?

Before becoming a Brooklyn-based Criminal Court judge this year, Linda Poust Lopez was a supervising attorney for the Legal Aid Society — whose mission is to advocate on behalf of criminal defendants.

She seems to forget that she doesn’t work there anymore.

Which is why police are justly furious over Lopez’s decision last week to free an accused cop-shooter on just $50,000 bail.

Pat Lynch     
Pat Lynch  

Eric Greenidge, an 18-year-old gang-banger parolee and member of the Very Crispy Gangsters, allegedly fired the stray bullet that wounded off-duty Officer Dawn Foster on Oct. 2.

According to police, Greenidge admitted that he opened fire when he spotted members of a rival gang because — well, you know, rival gangsters aren’t allowed to live.

One of his shots went astray and struck Officer Foster, a 17-year NYPD veteran who’d just pulled into a McDonald’s parking lot. She remains in stable condition.

Yet Judge Lopez apparently decided that Greenidge poses no threat to the community at large  — well, nothing that a little target practice to improve his aim couldn’t remedy, anyway.

So, over the objections of prosecutors, she set his bail at $25,000 bond or $50,000 cash.

Not exactly a king’s ransom for someone who apparently has no qualms about opening fire on a public street whenever the whim strikes him.

“In the annals of lousy calls, this one is particularly bad,” said PBA President Pat Lynch, “and it needs to be rectified before this thug hurts or kills anyone else.”

No argument on that.

True, the main point of bail is to ensure that a defendant doesn’t flee. And the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution protects said defendant against “excessive bail.”

But who protects society against excessively low bail?