BLM leader who threatened ‘riots, fire, bloodshed’ claims Mayor Adams backed down and listened to activists

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – A Black Lives Matter activist who once vowed there’ll be “riots,” “fire” and “bloodshed” if Mayor Eric Adams kept his campaign promise to bring back a plainclothes anti-crime unit to battle New York’s surge in violent crimes has claimed victory, saying the Mayor backed out of that promise.

In November, New York BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome debated the plan for a return to tougher policing with then mayoral candidate Adams during a heated debate at Brooklyn Borough Hall that was livestreamed on Instagram.

During his campaign, Adams promised to bring back a “reinvented: version of the anti-crime unit, which was formerly used to focus on guns, violent crime, and drugs.

During the debate, the two sparred over policing in New York City, with Newsome telling the former NYPD captain that Black Lives Matter would hold him accountable for future police misconduct. Adams shot back:

“You’re on the ground. Stop the violence in my community. I’m holding you accountable. Don’t hold me accountable.

“Being the mayor, being the borough president, being the state senator — I put my body on the line for my community, so I’m not here for folks to come and say, ‘Eric, we’re gonna (sic) hold you accountable.’

“No, it’s us. We need to do this together.”

Following the debate, Newsome told a crowd outside:

“If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing then we’re going to take to the streets again.

“There will be riots, there will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.”

The new anti-crime units, labeled “Neighborhood Safety Teams” are made up of about 90 officers stationed throughout 25 city precincts. Plans call for teams to be added to the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.

The former anti-crime unit has a long history in New York spanning decades of combating violent crime. However, the unit has spawned some controversies over the years.

Once called the Street Crimes Unit, several high-profile fatal police encounters put a shadow over the important work being done to reduce crime and make the streets safe.

Facing intense criticism in 2002, the NYPD “disbanded” the units and shifted many of those officers to another plainclothes squad already in place in some boroughs, the Anti-Crime Unit.

In June 2020, following weeks of protests and riots triggered by the killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the anti-crime unit was shut down.

Since the anti-crime unit was shut down, crime has surged throughout the city.

Once elected, Mayor Adams created the Neighborhood Safety Teams in place of the anti-crime unit. The unit is dissimilar to previous plainclothes, anti-gun and anti-violent crime units of the past. For example, the new Neighborhood Safety Teams wear clearly identifiable NYPD identification on their backs and chests.

Newsome pointed out that Mayor Adams yielded to the demands of liberal groups like BLM, who demanded the Mayor not bring back the anti-crime units he promised:

“These are not the old units as promised. The mayor listened to the people of New York — he listened to us and responded adequately. These new units are clearly identifiable as police officers. And this is something that he changed after our conversation, after that whole dispute.

“This is not the unit that he got elected on. This is a modified unit. And the reason it’s modified is because people made noise and applied pressure, and New York City would not allow for that police unit to come back.”

On Monday, Adams attempted to justify breaking his campaign promise, claiming the new units have been successful:

“When you’re doing something as transformative as this, there are those that are going to look at the pains that they’ve felt in the past and they’re going to be reluctant to move forward. But we’re not, we’re not going to be reluctant.

“It’s a clear message: Do it right. Don’t violate the liberties of people but go after those guns and those who are the trigger-pullers and dangerous in our city.”

BLM leader who threatened ‘riots, fire, bloodshed’ claims Mayor Adams backed down and listened to activists

BLM leader threatens ‘riots’ and ‘bloodshed’ if Mayor-elect Eric Adams reinstates NYPD anti-crime units

November 11, 2021

 

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Hawk Newsome threatened “riots” and “bloodshed” in the streets if Mayor-elect Eric Adams re-establishes NYPD’s plainclothes anti-crime unit to battle New York’s surge in violent crimes.

Newsome and Adams participated in a debate at Brooklyn Borough Hall Wednesday over the Mayor-elect’s plan to return to tougher policing in the city. The debate was livestreamed on Instagram.

During his campaign, Adams promised to bring back a “reinvented: version of the anti-crime unit, which was formerly used to focus on guns, violent crime, and drugs.

During the debate, the two sparred over policing in New York City, with Newsome telling the former NYPD captain that Black Lives Matter would hold him accountable for future police misconduct. Adams shot back:

“You’re on the ground. Stop the violence in my community. I’m holding you accountable. Don’t hold me accountable.

“Being the mayor, being the borough president, being the state senator — I put my body on the line for my community, so I’m not here for folks to come and say, ‘Eric, we’re gonna hold you accountable.’

‘No, it’s us. We need to do this together.’

Following the debate, Newsome spoke to the media about the Mayor’s plan to return to the anti-crime unit and other tougher policing policies:

“If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing, then we’re going to take to the streets again. There will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.”

Newsome quickly tried to qualify his shocking threat, saying:

“I am not threatening anyone. I am just saying that it’s a natural response to aggressive oppression – people will react.”

The anti-crime unit has a long history in New York spanning decades of combating violent crime. However, the unit has spawned some controversies over the years.

Once called the Street Crimes Unit, several high-profile fatal police encounters put a shadow over the important work being done to reduce crime and make the streets safe.

In 1999, four plainclothes Street Crime Unit officers fatally shot Amadou Diallo, an unarmed 22-year-old West African immigrant, outside his South Bronx home.

Facing intense criticism, in 2002, the NYPD “disbanded” the units and shifted many of those officers to another plainclothes squad already in place in some boroughs, the Anti-Crime Unit.

In 2014, Anti-Crime officer Daniel Pantaleo used a chokehold on Eric Garner during a fatal encounter on Staten Island. Garner reportedly repeated several times, “I can’t breathe.”

A Staten Island grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice both declined to bring criminal charges against Pantaleo. He was terminated from the NYPD after a department disciplinary trial led Judge Rosemarie Maldonado to recommend his termination.

“I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry for the anti-police movement and led to the national prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

In June 2020, following weeks of protests and riots triggered by the killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the anti-crime unit was shut down.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said he personally made the decision to banish the units, which have been responsible for a “disproportionate” number of shootings and misconduct complaints made against the NYPD in their decades-long history.

He called it a “seismic shift” that will have an immediate effect:

“This is a policy shift coming from me, personally. I think it’s time to move forward and change how we police in this city. We can do it with brains. We can do it with guile. We can move away from brute force.”

Although not entirely attributable to the anti-crime unit shutdown, NYC has experienced a massive surge in crime this year. The overall crime rate in the Big Apple rose 11.2% in October compared to a year ago.

The number of robberies jumped 15.8% (1,450 v. 1,252) and felonious assaults increased by 13.8% (2,123 v. 1,865) year-over-year.

Grand Larceny and auto thefts also rose significantly in October compared to the same period last year. Auto thefts are up almost 15% for the year versus 2020.

Fox News reported that gun arrests have jumped 13.9% this year compared to 2020, and there were 382 gun arrests in the city in October.

Rather than continuing his call policing with “guile” and “brains,” Commissioner Shea recently called for policing that sends “a consequential message”:

“The men and women of the NYPD have never wavered in their commitment to the collective public safety of all New Yorkers – as demonstrated by this ongoing, downward trend in violence.

While their devotion to service is commendable, effective crime fighting is predicated upon a collaborative effort from all aspects of the criminal justice landscape – as well as society as a whole.

“Additionally, our brave officers’ work must be reinforced by meaningful consequences that send a consequential message to those who find themselves on the path toward criminality.”


Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
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