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Could the political honeymoon already be over for New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams even before he takes office?
Adams, a liberal but self-described business-friendly Democrat who campaigned on bringing back law and order to violent-crime-ridden NYC, reportedly had a contentious, in part, meeting with BLM New York representatives.
The encounter included a discussion of his plan to bring back, in a revamped form, the NYPD’s plain-clothes, anti-crime unit that was disbanded last year.
That idea apparently didn’t sit well with New York BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome.
“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 said after the sit-down, according to the New York Post.
Newsome separately characterized the new mayor as “tone deaf” in connection with their disagreement.
“So there is no way that he is going to let some Gestapo come in here and harm our people,” Newsome told the New York Daily News. “We pray for peace but…prepare for the worst.”
“We will shut the city down. We will shut down City Hall, and we will give him hell and make it a nightmare,” Newsome’s sister Chivona, a BLM-founder, added.
The Wednesday meeting at Brooklyn Borough Hall was streamed on Instagram. The two sides reportedly found common ground on anti-poverty initiatives.
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Adams, a retired New York City Police Department captain and state senator, and currently Brooklyn borough president, will be sworn in as mayor on January 1, 2022.
He defeated GOP hopeful Curtis Sliwa, the Guardian Angels founder and media personality, in a general election landslide in a city where Democrats have a huge registration advantage. Once Adams won the Democrat primary in June, he was the prohibitive front-runner to replace far-left Bill de Blasio, who presided over a rapid decline in the city’s quality of life.
At one point, Adams and the attendees clashed about terminology in the context of accountability, with the incoming mayor and Chivona Newsome at times talking over each other.
“You’re holding me accountable? I’m holding you accountable,” Adams asserted. “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,” he insisted.
(Video: Daily Mail)
The Post offered some further background on the disagreement:
The BLM leader said he was troubled Adams “didn’t offer a comment on police reform … he wouldn’t offer us anything concrete” during their sit-down.
“We will be at his front door, we will be at Gracie Mansion, we will be in the streets, if he allows these police to abuse us,” Newsome said. “I am not threatening anyone. I am just saying that it’s a natural response to aggressive oppression, people will react.”
In a statement to The Post, Adams said there is “no reason we cannot have both safe streets and racial justice in our city.”
“If Black lives truly matter, then we must address violence in our communities while we address bias in policing. Yelling and not listening gets us nowhere.”
…The controversial BLM leader took credit for Adams’ election, claiming his movement allowed him to “achieve power.” “At least with Eric Adams, we have a clean slate,” Newsome said, adding he thinks he will work with the incoming mayor on “anti-violence programs and food programs.”
Watch a report about the meeting from New York City’s WPIX 11:
Adams doesn’t sound like he is changing course, however.
“I made it clear on the campaign trail. 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,” he told CNN today. “This is what I’m doing to do. That was my promise and I’m going to keep it.”
Last week, Adams was confronted by anti-vaccine-mandate protesters outside his office. Without being specific, he has said he will “revisit” the mandate in effect for unionized municipal workers.
Watch: Anti vaccine mandate protesters gather in front of Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ office. pic.twitter.com/SZgDiIwXH9
— Resist the Mainstream (@ResisttheMS) November 4, 2021
Future mayor Eric Adams spoke to Anti-Vaccine Mandate protesters who were demonstrating outside of his office in New York City… pic.twitter.com/WoDnGYIleS
— LUKE2FREEDOM (@L2FTV) November 4, 2021
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