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New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams hasn’t taken office yet but he’s already dealing with a threat.
The former police captain, during his campaign, rejected the far left’s Black Lives Matter-inspired “defund police’ movement, campaigned on tougher enforcement of laws, and even floated the notion of bringing back a crime unit that was often criticized as controversial.
But many of those ideas have been met with early opposition from a notable community leader.
The Daily Wire notes:
Adams met with leaders of New York City’s Black Lives Matter movement at Brooklyn Borough Hall. After the meeting, Hawk Newsome, co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, and his sister Chivona Newsome, also a co-founder of the group, threatened civil unrest and violence if Adams kept to his campaign pledge.
“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 New York Daily News after the meeting.
“So there is no way that he is going to let some Gestapo come in here and harm our people,” he added. “We pray for peace but … prepare for the worst.”
Chivona added: “We will shut down City Hall, and we will give him hell and make it a nightmare.”
But Adams pushed back during the meeting, which was reportedly live-streamed by one of the attendees on social media.
“You’re on the ground: Stop the violence in my community. I’m holding you accountable,” Adams countered.
“Don’t hold me accountable,” Adams noted further. “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.”
That led Chivona to counter: “You’re the mayor of New York! There’s only so much we can do.”
“I disagree,” Adams said.
But she pressed further, adding that there are ways for Adams to reduce violence in the city, primarily by spending money by implementing food, jobs, and education programs.
“That’s a government issue,” she said.
Adams pushed back again, however.
“You need to be corrected. You need to be corrected based on what you’re saying. Don’t tell me, ‘I need to do this’ … say, ‘We need to do this,’” he insisted.
Last year, Hawk Newsome turned heads and raised eyebrows after he literally threatened to burn down large sections of the city he claims to love amid ongoing protests and violence stemming from the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.
“If this country doesn’t give us what we want then we will burn down the system and replace it,” he said in a June 2020 interview with Fox News. “All right. And I could be speaking figuratively, I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation. Like, let’s be very real and observe the history of the 1960s. When black people were rioting we have their highest growth and wealth and property ownership.”
In a separate interview, Newsome appeared to justify looting by BLM supporters and adherents as a form of ‘reparations.’
“The problem with oppression and white supremacy is, white supremacy will have you criticizing the oppressed and worshiping the oppressors. Now, if you want to talk to me about reparations, nothing falls short of a solution other than people cutting a check. If you want to do something about reparations, cut the check,” Newsome told Martha MacCallum.
“And we’re not talking about going in every day Americans’ pockets, we are talking about banks … who benefited from slavery,” he added.