CNN anchor Erica Hill was left stunned when the channel’s veteran law enforcement analyst voiced some unexpected home truths about crime in New York.
The awkward moment came as the panel discussed Saturday’s brutal assault on two police officers in Times Square, and the disappearance of the migrants arrested after they were freed without bond.
Just one of the six charged is still in jail despite multiple previous charges, and four are now thought to have fled on a bus to California with the help of a church-affiliated charity.
‘Does the fact that they were police officers change anything?’ pondered Hill as she probed ex-cop John Miller over the case and the suspect’s backgrounds.
‘What the detectives are telling me is that they have crews here that operate in New York, do all their stealing then go to Florida to spend the money then come back,’ Miller told her.
‘And I’m like ‘why don’t they just stay and steal in Florida’ and they said ‘because there you go to jail’.’
The CNN panel were discussing Saturday’s brutal assault on two police officers in Times Square, and the disappearance of the migrants arrested after they were freed without bond.
John Miller, the former Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism, now the channel’s Chief Law Enforcement and Intelligence analyst stunned his colleagues with his unexpectedly frank conclusion
Surveillance video shows more than a dozen hooded men attacking the two officers after they tried to detain one of the men
‘Oh!’ replied the clearly surprised presenter as the panel lapsed into silence.
‘Fascinating!’ ventured co-host Phil Mattingly eventually.
The brutal attack was carried out at around 8.30pm when officers attempted to disperse a disorderly group in front of 220 West 42 Street.
Surveillance video shows more than a dozen hooded men attacking the two officers after they tried to detain one of the men.
Both suffered punches and kicks to the head and torso as they wrestled with the suspect on the ground. The footage shocked even hardened New Yorkers and prompted liberal state governor Kathy Hochul to call for the men’s deportation.
‘You don’t touch our police officers, you don’t touch anyone’ she said.
‘Get them all and send them back.’
Police are still looking for at least eight other suspects in addition to the six already charged, of whom only Yohenry Brito, 24, remains behind bars.
Brito was already known to police over a series of past offences, including charges of petty larceny for stealing $275 worth of goods from Bergdorf Goodman in October and $139 of clothing from Macy’s, per court records seen by the Daily News.
Suspect Jhoan Boada, 22, was released after being charged and was seen flipping the bird at the press waiting outside court
Only Yohenry Brito, 24, remains behind bars after being charged with the attack of the two NYPD officers. The migrant has had previous encounters with police
Yorman Reveron, one of five migrants charged with gang assault, has been previously charged with shoplifting in New York
Meanwhile Yorman Reveron – one of the five suspects charged before being released on no bail – was arrested in December for allegedly stealing from Macy’s flagship store.
The 24-year-old migrant was also arrested in November and accused of stealing from a Nordstrom Rack store.
Reveron and three other charged suspects – Darwin Andres Gomez Izquiel, 19, Kelvin Servat Arocha, 19, Wilson Juarez, 21 – are believed to have fled the city after their release.
Police believe they went to a Catholic church under fake names and asked for help getting to California. Suspect Jhoan Boada, 22, was also released after being charged and was seen flipping the bird at the press waiting outside court.
Jandry Barros, 21, a seventh suspect who was arrested but let go without charges for lack of evidence, also has a previous record with authorities.
New York’s Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Hendry condemned the criminal justice system that allowed the men to be released.
‘Attacks on police officers are becoming an epidemic, and the reason is a revolving door we’re seeing in cases like this one,’ he added.
‘It is impossible for police officers to deal effectively with crime and disorder if the justice system can’t or won’t protect us while we do that work.’
Florida governor Ron DeSantis welcomed Miller’s analysis and said that criminals know they will be held accountable in the Sunshine State.
‘You can see why people are fleeing some of those areas that can’t even keep the streets safe, they can’t even keep homeless off the streets,’ he told reporters.
‘It’s been really, really problematic in many parts of our country, we’re doing it right here.’