It was by all accounts, an open threat hurled at New York’s mayor-elect, Eric Adams, by Black Lives Matter co-founder, Hawk Newsome, during a heated exchange on Wednesday at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall. The two had agreed to meet, to apparently iron out some pressing differences before Adams was officially sworn in on January, as New York’s 110th mayor.
The sit-down was originally scheduled behind closed doors. However, the radical group decided to live-stream the meeting to perhaps blindside and embarrass the mayor-elect, who acknowledged he had nothing to hide.
After the two had met for awhile, a defiant Newsome emerged from the meeting bellowing; “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.”
Adding; “There’s no way we’re going to let some Gestapo’s come in here and harm our people. We pray for peace, but Black opportunities prepare for the worst.”
Newsome continued; “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.”
The veiled threat by Newsome, to perhaps repeat last summer’s riots, burning and looting if his demands aren’t met, was most likely the reason for the closed door meeting in the first place.
However, Newsome’s incendiary words after their meeting caught the immediate attention of the former police captain, soon to be mayor, stating that he will not stand for inflammatory language or threats.
“That’s silly. That’s silly. I think New Yorkers should not allow rhetoric like that,” Adams said. “This city is not going to be a city of riots.”
Adding; “They didn’t say any of that in the meeting. They know who I am. I ran on a very clear message: my city will not be unsafe,” Adams told FOX 5 NY on Thursday morning. “That is what I promised to New Yorker’s and that is what I’m going to deliver.”
The mayor-elect continued; “We’re going to have effective policing that’s not going to be heavy-handed. The plainclothes anti-gun unit is going to zero in on guns and gangs. They are going to wear their body cameras.”
Mayor-elect @EricAdamsforNYC says he won’t be intimidated by Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome’s threats. Newsome vows there will be “riots,” “fire,” & “bloodshed” if Adams follows through on his promise to bring back plainclothes anti-crime cops. https://t.co/xRbRkuHmyR— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) November 12, 2021
Professor Michael Alcazar, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, reiterated that plainclothes units are essential in ferreting out the bad guys, blending into high crime neighborhoods, and getting the “Saturday night specials” (cheap guns), off the streets.
Professor Michael Alcazar said the plainclothes units are essential because the criminals do not know who they are.
“We have to keep the bad guys guessing if there’s plainclothes officers out there watching them,” said Alcazar, a retired NYPD detective.
“We need to support Mayor-Elect Adams’ plan to restore public safety and get guns off our streets. NYPD will do the job,” union president, Paul DiGiacomo, said in a statement to FOX 5 News. “Loud threatening rhetoric will not.”
Meanwhile, Mayor de Blasio who still has over a month left in office literally hid behind an aid on Thursday, refusing to take a question by a New York Post reporter regarding the blatant threat of “rioting” by Newsome.
Also refusing to comment on the outlandish threat was race baiter and chief, the Rev. Al Sharpton.
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