Following BLM ‘bloodshed’ threat, Eric Adams vows to return NYPD gun unit
New York City's Mayor-elect plans on following through with his campaign promise to zero in on gun violence after a reportedly contentious meeting on Wednesday.
November 11, 2021 11:55am
Updated: November 11, 2021 3:20pm
A day after Greater New York Black Lives Matter leader Hank Newsome threatened "riots," "fire" and "bloodshed" should Eric Adams follow through with his campaign promise to reinstate the NYPD's plainclothes unit, New York City's Mayor-elect said he isn't backing down.
“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," Adams told CNN on Thursday.
In a meeting Wednesday with Adams to discuss policing, Newsome warned that there will be "bloodshed" if the city goes back to its model under outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
A former police captain, Adams met with Newsome and others behind closed doors at Brooklyn's Borough Hall, the report said.
At the one point, the meeting — which was livestreamed on Instagram by an attendee — turned contentious, with Adams and the BLM activists getting into a shouting match, the News reported. The possibility that the city could reinstate its anti-crime unit — which Newsome compared to the Nazi Gestapo — was one of the key points of contention.
"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," Newsome reportedly said during the meeting. There will be riots, there will be fire and there will be bloodshed because we believe in defending our people."
He added that the group prays for peace but prepares "for the worst."
"We will shut down City Hall," and we will give them hell and make it a nightmare," Chivona Newsome, Hawk's sister and a co-founder of the group reportedly told the News.
Adams served the New York City police department for 22 years before retiring as a captain in 2006. Critical of de Blasio's handling of police discipline in the Eric Garner chokehold case, Adams has said he would get rid of abusive cops within 90 days as mayor.
Adams, who grew up in the South Jamaica section of Queens, N.Y., was arrested for trespassing at age 15, and has said he was a victim of police brutality by New York's Finest.