Judge Laura Johnson Under Fire For Releasing Second Person Who Threatened Cops Without Bail

| by Dominic Kelly

Earlier this week, Judge Laura Johnson was heavily criticized for her decision to release a Brooklyn man without bail during an arraignment on charges that he threatened NYPD officers on social media. Just one day later, she is under fire for once again releasing a man who allegedly swung at a police officer.

According to the New York Post, Brooklyn Judge Laura Johnson released 26-year-old Travis Maye without bail. During his arraignment on Tuesday, Maye appeared before Johnson after a violent confrontation with NYPD officers. Court records say that Maye swung at cops when they found him standing between an EMT and “an agitated individual bleeding profusely from the arm.”

After Maye allegedly started swinging at police while they struggled to handcuff him, the 26-year-old allegedly yelled, “I Googled all of you. Find out where you live. I don’t know about dead cops or your families. I will meet you in a bodega and get you. You will die.”

Just before Maye’s arraignment, a source told the NY Post that a court administrator had a “stern conversation” with Judge Johnson about the release of Devon Coley, the 18-year-old who threatened NYPD officers on Facebook, just the day prior, warning her not to make the same decision for a second time.

“The court administrator told her she exercised poor judgment, and that she had a case on later that night, and that she should exercise better judgment in that case,” the source told the NY Post.

Johnson, who a source says “totally ignored” the conversation with a court administrator, reportedly said that the situation with Maye “appears to have been an extraordinarily emotion-laden and hectic situation,” and that imposing bail would be wrong “because of the current climate.”

Sources: NY Post, Hopelessly Partisan Blog / Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons