Memphis Cop Shot Dead by Criminal Who'd Been Released Without Bond

Brittany M. Hughes | April 12, 2024
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A Memphis police officer was shot and killed Friday by a criminal who’d been released thanks to leftwing policies eliminating cash bail.

Joseph McKinney, who had been with the police department for about three years, was killed during a shoot-out with two suspects around 2 a.m. on April 12, after officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Two other officers were wounded during the incident, while an 18-year-old suspect was killed and a 17-year-old suspect was also injured.

During a news conference Friday, Memphis interim Police Chief Cerelyn Davis was quick to blame “gun violence” for McKinney’s death.

"The men and women of the Memphis Police Department are hurt right now. As chief of police, I am hurt right now at, once again, senseless deaths in our community by gun violence," she said.

Except “gun violence” wasn’t the culprit here - two criminals were, as were the harebrained policies that had allowed at least one of them onto the streets in the first place.

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According to Davis, the 18-year-old suspect who was killed during the shoot-out had been arrested just last month for stealing a car, only to be released without bond thanks to a 2023 policy change that eliminated cash bail for many crimes. The policy change fulfilled a campaign promise by Soros-backed Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy, who claimed at the time that eliminating cash bail would “level the playing field” for criminals who don’t have money.

"This will level the playing field so it's no longer two justice systems,” Mulroy had told Fox News in a 2022 interview. "People that have money get bailed out; people that don't have money languish behind bars.” 

And he continued to peddle that line, even as critics rightly pointed out that eliminating cash bail would put dangerous criminals back on the streets.

”There will be a lot fewer people who really shouldn’t be behind bars, and are only there because they can’t afford cash bail," Mulroy reiterated in early 2023, just before the policy change took effect. "What the standing bail order provides is that after someone is arrested, within 72 hours, they will get a prompt bail hearing in front of a judicial commissioner.”

Mulroy, the first Democrat to hold the DA’s office in Shelby County, also pushed to expand the city’s juvenile court to age 25.

And now a police officer is dead and two others and hurt. But hey, progressive political points were scored, so who really cares?

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