Won’t back down: Adams vows return of NYPD gun unit after BLM ‘bloodshed’ threat

NY Post

Message to BLM: Eric Adams is not backing down. The Big Apple mayor-elect doubled down on his campaign promise to reinstate the NYPD’s plainclothes unit a day after New York Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome threatened “riots,” “fire” and “bloodshed” should Adams follow through on the move. “I made it clear on the campaign trail,” Adams said on CNN Thursday morning, a day after the heated meeting with Newsome at Brooklyn Borough Hall. “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. You’ve seen what’s happening when a young man, 21 years old, was shot by a 17-year-old man carrying a gun,” Adams said, referring to a recent botched gang hit that killed an innocent man in the Bronx. “This is what I’m doing to do. That was my promise and I’m going to keep it,” Adams said when the CNN host asked if he’d reverse the policy because of Newsome’s threat. “If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing, then we’re going to take to the streets again,” Newsome said outside Borough Hall after the Wednesday meeting. “There will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed,” he warned. Adams has long promised to bring back a “reinvented” version of the disbanded Anti-Crime Unit that was tasked with firearm busts, as well as a crackdown on violent crime and hard drugs. It was dismantled in the wake of the George Floyd protests because some of the officers in the unit were involved in the high-profile killings of victims like Eric Garner and Sean Bell years earlier. Adams, the outgoing Brooklyn borough president, opened his doors to Newsome and a handful of other BLM members Wednesday after they held a protest outside his office.

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