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NYC Mayor-Elect Dares Dems to Call Out Threats from BLM Leader

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New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams is calling on fellow Democrats to openly criticize threats made by a local Black Lives Matter leader in response to the former police captain’s pledge to get tougher on crime.

Earlier this week following a meeting with Adams, Hawk Newsome, the founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, threatened “riots” and “bloodshed” if Adams restarted an anti-crime unit as he has promised to do.

“I think that this is an excellent moment for the local and state and federal Democratic Party to state: We could have justice without violence,” Adams told reporters during a Friday press conference.

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“National, state and city electeds should stand up and say, ‘we will never allow anyone to make those comments,’ that there will be blood in our streets, because you know where that blood ends up? In the streets of our community,” he continued.

The Daily Mail noted further:

He spoke two days after a tense meeting at Borough Hall with members of the Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, co-founder of the group Hawk Newsome had some harsh words for the incoming mayor if he went through with his plans to reinstate the NYPD’s plainclothes cop units.  

Adams, a moderate candidate, defeated progressive rivals in June’s Democratic primary on a law-and-order ticket, pledging to crack down on violent crime that has soared in New York City since the coronavirus pandemic.

However, on the campaign trail last year, he was criticized by progressive candidates for vowing to reinstate the anti-crime unit.

“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.

In a follow-up interview, Newsome said that he was triggered following a question about plainclothes police officers.

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“It made me think about the death of Eric Garner, it made me think about the death of Breonna Taylor, it made me think of the death of George Floyd,” he said in reference to three black males who were killed by police officers.  “And to think that Eric Adams is legitimately wanting to put our children in danger — it scares me.”

He went on to accuse Adams of focusing on his violence remarks as a means of taking away attention from more pressing issues.

“So he wants to make this a political circus. What I want is to stick to the issue — what’s the plan?” Newsome added.

Previous reports noted that tensions were high and tempers flared during an earlier meeting last week between Newsome and Adams that also involved the BLM leader’s sister, Chinova Newsome. Adams grew particularly angry after Hawk Newsome said he and his organization would hold Adams personally accountable for any negative interactions with the NYPD.

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“You’re on the ground: Stop the violence in my community. I’m holding you accountable!” he said in response, according to reports. “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.”

“You’re the mayor of New York! There’s only so much we can do,” Chinova Newsome replied.

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“I disagree,” said Adams.

She then said violence would subside in the city if he introduced new social welfare and jobs programs. “That’s a government issue,” she insisted.

“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,'” the mayor-elect insisted.

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