A hotheaded young thug who’s been accused of throwing the punch that killed a 52-year-old New York City taxi driver earlier this month hasn’t learned a damn thing since his arrest.
Indeed, when a New York Post journalist tried to speak with him at Rikers Island on Thursday, the suspect, 20-year-old Austin Amos, threatened to punch the reporter next.
“Austin Amos flew into a rage after hearing that his visitor was a journalist. ‘I can’t believe y’all are doing this s–t!’ shouted Amos, dressed in a jail-issued beige shirt and pants. He shook his head from side to side in frustration,” the Post reported Saturday.
“‘You’ve got to the count of five!’ he said after standing up and balling up his fist. Correction officers keeping watch outside the metal visiting pen shouted to the reporter to quickly get out. One correction officer later said Amos was ‘young’ and ‘a real hothead.'”
It appears so …
What remains to be seen is whether this hotheaded hooligan will face any tangible consequences for the death of taxi cab driver Kutin Gyimah, 52.
“Gyimah was killed on Aug. 13 when he dropped off five passengers early Saturday morning near Beach 54th Street and Arverne Boulevard in Far Rockaway,” as reported on Wednesday, Aug. 17th, by local station WNYW.
“The passengers allegedly ran off without paying, and when Gyimah got out of his taxi and chased them, the group turned on him and began punching and kicking him. One member of the group punched Gyimah in the face, sending him collapsing to the ground where he suffered a fatal head injury.”
He left behind a wife and four children.
“I have no words to describe him. He was a good man. He was a good, good man. He was my backbone. I’m lost right now, my children here. I don’t know what to do right now. I am lost, I am lost in this world,” his wife said to local station after WABC after his death.
The attack was captured on surveillance camera.
Watch (*Graphic content):
An NYC taxi driver was beaten to death in broad daylight.
How many more horrific acts of violence have to happen before New Yorkers realize soft-on-crime policies aren’t working? pic.twitter.com/5UEpIIRbhi
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) August 18, 2022
Amos is the one believed to have thrown the fatal blow.
He’s been charged with manslaughter and assault, as well as gang assault and theft of services, according to the Post.
“Also charged with gang assault and theft of services were Nickolas Porter, 20, an unnamed 13-year-old girl arrested Tuesday, and an unnamed 15-year-old girl. Police are still looking for a third young girl,” the Post notes.
Again, it remains unclear whether any of the five suspects will face any tangible repercussions.
Part of the problem is that NYC is stocked with lax-on-crime prosecutors who think going soft on minority criminals is the “equitable” thing to do.
Another problem, and this one only relates to the underage suspects, is a law that was signed by disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on April 10, 2017.
“The legislation, embedded into the state budget that year, increased the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 throughout the state, effective on Oct. 1, 2019. It intends to offer troubled teens a lifeline out of the criminal justice system before they become adults — but in practice, it results in a ‘catch and release’ system that condemns kids to a deadly cycle of violence,” according to the Post.
“The law gives thousands of juvenile offenders a slap on the wrist and then spits them back out on the street, often to the care of criminal enterprises. Their cases wend their way through a secretive and labyrinthine legal system — while the teens graduate to greater criminality and violence or face the threat of death themselves.”
Both activists and even NYC Mayor Eric Adams have lobbied for the law to be reformed, but current Gov. Kathy Hochul refuses to take action:
NYC Mayor Adams is calling on Albany to hold a Special Session to immediately make big changes to New York’s cashless bail and “raise the age” laws.
Kathy Hochul won’t.
I would TODAY.
We need to FIRE Kathy Hochul on 11/8!
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) July 27, 2022
It doesn’t seem to matter to Hochul how many people are killed.
Speaking of death, a 14-year-old boy was fatally shot in the Bronx earlier this month. His death marked the third related teen death within the span of a month.
“Another 14-year-old boy, Shawn Frye of Paterson, N.J., was fatally shot in a Queens driveway last week. And two weeks before that, a 14-year-old boy, identified as Justin Streeter of Plainfield, N.J., was fatally shot in Harlem,” The New York Times reported at the time.
The news of another teenager killed because of gun violence is heartbreaking. This kind of violence devastates communities.
— SafeHorizon (@SafeHorizon) August 12, 2022
Meanwhile, last week a 16-year-old boy was charged with murder as per the shooting death of a 49-year-old New York City Housing Authority employee.
When #gunviolence hits close to home. RIP #NelsonMattocks 🙏🏿#gunviolenceawareness #cherylwillsreporting #ny1 #hardnews #newsanchor #localstories #spectrumnews #endgunviolence #stoptheviolence pic.twitter.com/3lT2b2AOyB
— Cheryl Wills🔛 (@cherylwillsny1) August 24, 2022
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