Officials in New York City have designated an activist a domestic terrorist after he told the mayor-elect that reactivating plainclothes street units will result in riots and “bloodshed.”
During a public forum, Hawk Newsome, co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM) of Greater New York, got into a heated exchange with New York Mayor-elect Eric Adams about the mayor’s stance on the police unit, which has been engaged in high-profile killings of Black men.
Adams stated that he would overhaul the sections tasked with reducing gun violence by requiring body cameras and other accountability mechanisms. Adams was accused of undermining the BLM movement and delivering the wrong message to cops, according to Newsome.
Newsome stated that he would not relinquish the units without a fight. After years of agitation by activists and legal battles, the units linked to the murders of Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo were decommissioned.
During a meeting in Brooklyn Borough Hall, Newsome remarked, “If he believes they’re going to go back to the old ways of police, then we’re going to take to the streets again.”
Newsome continued, “There will be rioting, fire, and bloodshed because we believe in defending our people.”
According to the New York Post, a police supervisor has demanded that every lawmaker condemn Newsome and that the activist be investigated by the federal government.
“The FBI should look into him as a domestic terrorist and check into where he gets his money,” says the author. “Those who sponsor him should be looked into as well,” the unnamed official told the New York Post.
Newsome’s threats were rejected by Adams, who is sticking to his plan to restore units. While acting as a police captain, he informed Newsome and other activists at the conference that he had a track record of battling racism and other forms of abuse. Before retiring in 2006, Adams worked for the NYPD for more than two decades.
“The supervisors are going to keep an eye on them and look over the video material with them.” “Those policemen who abuse their authority will face consequences,” Adams warned. “And if they keep doing that, they’ll be kicked out of my department.” As a result, you’ll see a new type of firearms unit that will focus on gun crime.”
The anti-crime units were disbanded following years of complaints about their abuse of the city’s stop-and-frisk program, which disproportionately targeted Black and Brown citizens, according to data.
Since the BLM protests in summer 2020, crime in New York has soared.
When compared to May 2020, when the protests began, overall crime in New York City climbed by 22% in May 2021. Just three months into the outbreak, global protests against police killings of Black people began. Despite this, killings in the city increased to an all-time high in 2020. In October, the rate also increased when compared to October 2020.
The problem of public safety was a major talking point in the mayoral election, which Adams won on Nov. 2, making him the city’s second Black mayor.
Newsome believes Adams’ decision to reestablish the units is a green light for the NYPD to reintroduce past abuses. Newsome stated that he would hold the mayor responsible for any wrongdoing resulting from his decision. Adams retaliated by claiming that Newsome, as the head of the Black Lives Matter movement, should be proactive in combating violence in the Black community.
“You’re on the ground: put an end to the bloodshed in my neighborhood.” “I’m going to hold you accountable,” Adams declared. He also urged the 13 activists in attendance to join him in the fight against crime.
“No, it’s us,” says the narrator. “This is something we have to do collectively,” Adams added.
The activists urged the mayor to investigate other methods of crime reduction, such as job creation and education, but Newsome told reporters that Adams’ police reform plan did not appear to be solid. Newsome’s public resistance, though, is “a lose-lose situation for Black Lives Matter,” according to a veteran NYPD detective.
The NYPD source stated, “If the mayor likes the cops, the officers will work for the mayor.” “People in these areas, where shootings and other crimes are on the rise, want cops on the streets.”