(TJVNEWS.COM) Only days after New York City mayor-elect Eric Adams said that he is “conservative” on crime and wants to take measures to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers as the city witnesses a crime surge of mammoth proportions, the New York Post has reported that Adams is being pressured to back down from his “tough on crime” stance.
According to a recent report in the New York Post, Hawk Newsome, the co-founder of the New York chapter of Black Lives Matter, engaged in a raucous debate with Adams about the city’s return to tougher policing. The Post reported that the contentious sit down with the mayor-elect took place on Wednesday at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall and was livestreamed on Instagram.
Essentially, what resulted from the dialogue between the two was that Newsome promised that if Adams should fulfill his campaign pledges and reinstitute plainclothes cops on the beat in order to reduce the violent crime statistics in the city, then he would help instigate “riots”, “fire” and “bloodshed” in the streets of New York as a form of retaliation against the mayor-elect.
Both Adams and Newsome did not stand in stand in stark contrast on all issue. The Post reported that the two agreed on plans to fight poverty in the black community. They did part ways, however, when Adams, a former NYPD captain told the BLM activists that he has plans to reinstate the undercover anti-crime unit that was disbanded at the height of widespread police protests last year, as was reported by the Post.
Adams did say that that he would be reinstating a revamped version of the undercover unit.
Outside of Borough Hall on Wednesday after the meeting, Newsome said, “If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing then we’re going to take to the streets again.”
The Black Lives Matter leader then threatened, “There will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.”
Concerning the police task force whose officers were involved in the deaths of Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell and Eric Garner, Newsome told the Post over the phone that, “To ignore that history and say you’re bringing it back means that he’s (Adams) tone deaf.”
While campaigning for mayor, Adams had committed to bringing back a “reinvented” version of the Anti-Crime Unit that was tasked with firearm busts, as well as a crackdown on violent crime and hard drugs, according to the Post report.
The Post reported that in June 2020, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanded the controversial unit. The unit had received some bad press following a significant number of high-profile incidents that involved plainclothes officers.
Newsome told the Post that what bothered him about the meeting was that Adams “didn’t offer a comment on police reform … he wouldn’t offer us anything concrete.”