November 17, 2021

USA: New York City Black Lives Matter Leaders Promise Riots And Bloodshed On The Streets If The Incoming Mayor Reinstates The NYPD Anti-Crimes Unit, Which Was Abolished Last Year After George Floyd Died.

The Post Millennial
written by Ari Hoffman
Thursday November 11, 2021

New York City’s Black Lives Matter chapter threatened "riots" and "bloodshed" in the streets if Mayor-elect Eric Adams reinstated the police department’s anti-crime units which were disbanded at the height of 2020's Black Lives Matter protests and riots. Progressives were furious when Adams said he would reinstate the units during his campaign.

Hawk Newsome, co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, said after a meeting with Adams in Brooklyn Borough Hall Wednesday, "If he thinks that they’re going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we are going to take to the streets again. There will be riots, there will be fire and there will be bloodshed because we believe in defending our people."

Newsome told The Daily News, "So, there is no way that he is going to let some Gestapo come in here and harm our people. We pray for peace but ... prepare for the worst."

Chivona Newsome, a BLM co-founder and sister of Hawk Newsome added,

"We will shut the city down. We will shut down City Hall, and we will give him hell and make it a nightmare."

During the meeting, which was livestreamed on Instagram by an attendee, Adams and the BLM activists got into a heated argument over police policies.

Hawk Newsome told Adams that BLM would hold him responsible for any future misconduct by the NYPD.

Adams responded, "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.'" After Chivona challenged him Adams added, "Don’t tell me, 'I need to do this' … say, 'We need to do this.'"

Later in the meeting, Adams responded to another activist who accused him of not holding NYPD accountable saying, "Brother, I mean, have you been living under rock?" adding that he has been "fighting injustices" during his decades-long career as an NYPD captain and a politician. "The same things I’ve been doing over the past 35 years I’m going to continue to do, and maybe you should look at those things I have done."

After the meeting, Chivona Newsome told The Daily News "I don’t know if it was misogyny or ageism, but as the only woman in the room, as the co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, Mayor-elect Adams thought it was best to correct me, and he wants to know how he can hold me accountable. We are holding him accountable whether he chooses to hold himself accountable or not."
written by Charlie McCarthy
Thursday November 11, 2021

New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams refused to back down from his promise to crack down on gun violence despite a local Black Lives Matter leader threatening "bloodshed" as a result.

Adams, currently Brooklyn borough president and a retired police captain, made a campaign promise to reinstate the NYPD's plainclothes unit.

"I made it clear on the campaign trail," Adams said Thursday morning on CNN. "I’m going to put in place not the Anti-Crime Unit, I'm going to put in place a plainclothes gun unit. We must zero in on gun violence in our community.

"You’ve seen what’s happening when a young man, 21 years old, was shot by a 17-year-old man carrying a gun," added Adams, referring to a recent botched gang hit that killed an innocent man in The Bronx.

"This is what I’m going to do. That was my promise and I’m going to keep it."

Adams' remarks came a day after he, New York BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome, and several other BLM members debated the plan for a return to tougher policing during a contentious sit-down Wednesday that was livestreamed on Instagram.

One BLM member asked Adams, "What are you going to do to hold NYPD accountable for their unlawful actions?"

"Brother, have you been living under a rock? I did it in the department!" said Adams, who pushed police reform as a co-founder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care while a member of the NYPD.

Newsome expressed skepticism about Adams' plans.

"If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing then we’re going to take to the streets again," Newsome told reporters after the meeting, the New York Post reported.

"There will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed."

The Post reported that Adams campaigned to bring 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. The unit was dissolved in June 2020 by Police Commissioner Dermot Shea following a "disproportionate" number of high-profile incidents that involved the plainclothes cops.

The unit was dismantled in the wake of the George Floyd protests because some of the officers in the unit were involved in the high-profile killings of victims such as Eric Garner and Sean Bell years earlier, the Post said.

Adams also told CNN that he was a true progressive — unlike people such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. — because he makes decisions based on practicality, not ideology.

"I believe being practical is being progressive," he said.
UPDATE 11/17/21 at 8:36pm: Added info below.

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