The leader of New York’s Marxist Black Lives Matter movement threatened the city’s newly elected mayor with ‘riots,’ ‘fire’ and ‘bloodshed’ if he followed through with his plans to reinstate the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) anti-crime unit that was disbanded during the movement’s peak of ‘defunding the police’ in the summer of 2020.
Following a heated virtual meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 10 via Instagram between the city’s new mayor Eric Adams and the activist group, Hawk Newsome, the leader threatened the mayor that if he followed through with his plans to reinstate the NYPD’s anti-crime unit, whose primary task is to get illegal guns off the streets and fight gang crime, there would be serious consequences.
“If they think they are 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,” Newsome said after the meeting. “There’s no way we’re going to let some Gestapos come in here and harm our people. We pray for peace, but Black opportunities prepare for the worst.”
Eric Adams, considered a moderate Democrat, was a former NYPD captain. One of his campaign promises was to reform the anti-crime unit to get it back on the streets to continue the task of disarming criminals and combating drug trafficking.
During the riots over the death in custody of George Floyd due to pressure from the ‘defund the police’ movement, former Mayor De Blasio, in conjunction with the NYPD commissioner, decided to dismantle the anti-crime unit because its officers were involved in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who choked to death while attempts were made to arrest him, and two other high-profile cases, which were labeled as police brutality.
Newsome told the New York Post that to reinstate that unit mainly was to forget history and again warned that his movement ‘will react.’
“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.”
Despite Newsome’s assurances that he is not threatening Adams, in another comment, he contradicted himself, “We have people in City Council who can create problems for him. We have people in the streets who can create problems for this administration.”
However, Adams disavowed the threats and assured that it was not the way to deal with the problem. He also reaffirmed his commitment to fulfilling his promise to fight crime.
“That’s silly. That’s silly. I think New Yorkers should not allow rhetoric like that,” Adams said on Thursday to Fox5ny. “This city is not going to be a city of riots.
“They know who I am. I ran on a very clear message: my city will not be unsafe. That is what I promised to New Yorkers and that is what I’m going to deliver,” he added.
After dismantling the anti-crime unit, gun violence in the city doubled. Crime, in general, skyrocketed in New York, generating concern and anger among residents for the lack of government response.
Precisely at the peak of crime in the city, Adams emerged as the Democratic candidate with the will and experience to deal with the problem and based his campaign as the law and order candidate even though he declared himself a ‘progressive.’
New York has one registered Republican for every seven Democrats, reducing the odds of a conservative—who tend to have a ‘tough on crime’ view—winning an election in New York City to very slim.
“We’re going to have effective policing that’s not going to be heavy-handed,” Adams told reporters. “The plainclothes anti-gun unit is going to zero in on guns and gangs. They are going to wear their body cameras.”