Eric Adams, the mayor-elect for New York City, is calling on his fellow Democrats to reject a Black Lives Matter activist’s threats that there would be “riots and bloodshed” if plainclothes policing is reinstalled in the city.
BLM activist Hawk Newsome made the threats during a meeting Wednesday with Adams, a former police officer who made a return to law and order a prime plank in his election campaign. Adams is New York City’s second Black mayor.
At a press conference on Friday, Adams addressed Newsome’s calls to violence.
“National, state and city electeds should stand up and say, ‘We will never allow anyone to make those comments,’ that there will be blood in our streets, because you know where that blood ends up? In the streets of our community,” Adams said.
“It made me think about the death of Eric Garner, it made me think about the death of Breonna Taylor, it made me think of the death of George Floyd,” Newsome told the New York Daily News in a phone interview. “And to think that Eric Adams is legitimately wanting to put our children in danger — it scares me.”
New York City has seen crime skyrocketing over the last two years, with the state’s “no bail” policy contributing to a rise in street crimes. The anti-crime units were disbanded under outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio.