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With a degree of semantics, New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams is maintaining the solitary confinement policy in the jail system despite a claim by 29 “disruptive” city council members that the practice is a form of torture according to the United Nations.
“I wore a bulletproof vest for 22 years and protected the people of this city. When you do that, then you have the right to question me,” the former NYPD captain and outgoing Brooklyn Borough President insisted.
Adams, who is a liberal/progressive Democrat on most issues, has already vowed to bring back the disbanded NYPD plainclothes unit to the dismay of various activists.
As alluded to above, the metaphorical new sheriff in town is also reversing outgoing, soft-on-crime Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to end solitary confinement, however it is defined.
By any measure, the de Blasio administration was a disaster in terms of public safety based on the increase in violence in the streets that is born out by statistics.
At a presser, Adams, 61, responded to a letter he received from the far-left councilors and expressed a strong preference instead for real-time conversation.
Solitary confinement is recognized by the UN, human rights orgs, & mental health experts to be torture.
Along w 29 council colleagues, I’m calling on incoming Mayor Adams to #HALTsolitary, & ensure dignity & safety for all our neighbors. NYC will never torture its way to safety. https://t.co/9hmwBVtDqy pic.twitter.com/jOR8OEL3mG
— Tiffany Cabán (@tiffany_caban) December 21, 2021
“I support punitive segregation. I am not going to be in a city where dangerous people assault innocent people, go to jail, and assault more people. You can not have a jail system where someone sexually assaults a staffer, slash an inmate, and then say, ‘it is alright; I’m going to give you an iPad and just hug you,’ and say ‘don’t do it again,'” he explained, after first oddly saying that it is a “lie” that he supports solitary confinement.
“No! If you are violent, you must be removed from the population so that you don’t inflict violence on other people. That’s clear. If you want to work as a partner, call me…the one thing that’s different from everyone that signed the letter and Eric Adams — I wore a bulletproof vest for 22 years and protected the people of this city. And when you do that, then you have the right to question me on safety and public safety matters,” Adams continued.
“I think I know a little something about this. I’m going to protect my corrections officers; I’m going to protect the inmates that are serving time, and I’m not gonna allow violent people to do violence and think they can do it without being held accountable. And we can do it in a humane fashion. And if anyone wants to talk to me about that, don’t write a letter. Call me and speak with me.
“That is how we’re going to resolve this. There’s a body of people that are coming into the city council — they have no desire in moving our city forward. Their desire is to be disruptive…I’m going to ignore them; I’m going to stay committed, undistracted, and I’m going to grind.
“If they like it or not, I’m the mayor,” Adams concluded with bravado.
Incoming Mayor @ericadamsfornyc assailed members of @NYCCouncil for sending letter asking him to reverse position on solitary confinement:
"I wore a bullet proof vest for 22 years and protected the people of this city. When you do that, then you have the right to question me…" https://t.co/wFA6AwIWsN pic.twitter.com/PMz6L08tCx
— Gloria Pazmino (@GloriaPazmino) December 21, 2021
The “I know better” attitude, which he has displayed previously in the context of law enforcement issues, may wear thin over time, especially if the quality of life doesn’t improve in the crime-ridden city. In the meantime, it remains to be seen if radical Democrats (is there any other kind?) will start treating Adams like the Big Apple’s version of Joe Manchin.
Adams, a self-described business-friendly Democrat, campaigned on bringing back law and order to NYC.
The winner of the June 2021 multi-candidate Democrat primary, which essentially determines who becomes mayor given the massive voter registration edge over Republicans in the city, Adams takes office on January 1, 2022. He easily defeated GOP standard-bearer Curtis Sliwa, the Guardian Angels founder and radio personality, in the November 2, 2021, general election.
The city council, which has a total of 51 members, has already approved a bill allowing illegal aliens to vote in local elections. Adams supports noncitizen voting rights.
He has also appointed five female deputy mayors.
New head of NYC schools says the way children are being taught is ‘fundamentally wrong’ via @BIZPACReview – https://t.co/M94AzuNgDW
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) December 21, 2021
Through his department of education chief, Adams appears to be likely to reverse another de Blasio policy. Incoming Chancellor David Banks, a charter schools supporter who has already put the sprawling DOE bureaucracy on notice that it won’t be business as usual, seems to favor expanding gifted and talented programs that de Blasio intended to eliminate.
It remains to be seen if Adams will also reverse de Blasio’s 11th-hour vaccine mandate.
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