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Adams blames bail after release of teenager accused of officer shooting

Judge Boyle set bail at $ 200,000 in cash, a $ 250,000 insurance bond or a $ 250,000 partially secured bail. Mr. Williams was released Thursday after a cousin paid $ 17,500 to secure the bond, according to Ms. Florio. The Bronx District Attorney's Office confirmed the amount.

Such schemes are standard in criminal law and a hearing was held to ensure that the money came from a legitimate source.

Mr. Adams, who ran a campaign to improve public safety, is under increasing pressure to tackle violent crime. He released an ambitious plan for public safety on Monday that relies on a resurgence of a disbanded anti-crime police unit and also includes several requests from state lawmakers, including the adoption of a danger standard when setting bail - something he has noted exists in all states except New York.

Many left-wing Democrats and civil rights advocates have criticized Mr Adams' push to change the bail law, and leaders in Albany have not immediately embraced the idea. Governor Kathy Hochul, who has a good relationship with Mr. Adams, defended the bail law this week, and she said changes to it several years ago were necessary. She added that she was willing to consider further changes based on data.

Shontell Smith, Chief of Staff to the State Senate Democratic Majority Leader, responded to Mr Adams' comments with a message on Twittersaying that the bail law had "NOTHING to do with the release of the suspect."

"The judge set the bail amount," she wrote, adding, "I support and respect the officers who risk their lives every day, but bail was applied."

In response, a spokesman for Mr. Adams, Maxwell Young, that the mayor referred to that Judge Boyle had been barred from considering whether to detain Mr. Williams without bail if he was a danger to society.

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