Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says he is frustrated that his officers are repeatedly arresting dangerous armed felons, and he wants to do something about it.
The chief told his command staff at a monthly meeting this week that it is “absolutely ridiculous” for a gang member arrested with a concealed weapon to be armed and back on the street days later.
Dyer said part of the problem was that it is sometimes possible for those booked for crimes to obtain bail from a bondsman for 5 percent – or even as little as 1 percent – of the amount set by the court. That would mean, for example, that someone with a bail of $100,000 could post a bond of $1,000.
The chief cited the case of Domenek Greenberry, 19, who is accused of gunning down brothers Denzel Ford, 18, and Willie Ford, 19, at a northwest Fresno apartment on Oct. 1. Greenberry was arrested in May and again in July on charges of carrying a concealed weapon.
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The chief said he planned to meet with judges and officials from the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office to discuss jail schedules.
However, Barry Pearlstein, owner of Lucky Bail Bonds, said he will ask the chief to include bail bondsmen in the discussion. He noted that by law, bail cannot be set “in a punitive manner.”
“If a person should not be on the street, lawmakers should make laws accordingly,” Pearlstein said. “I think the chief is missing the point, and I don’t think he meant to come across the way he did.”