New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams on Thursday, Dec. 9, repeated his warning that his city will not allow Black Lives Matter protesters to mess there.
”We’re not going to surrender to those who are saying we’re going to burn down New York. Not my city,” Adams said at a Police Athletic League event at the Harvard Club in Manhattan.
According to the New York Post, Adams was sending a warning to BLM leader Hawk Newsome after Newsome last month threatened with “riots, fire and bloodshed” if Adams reinstates the NYPD’s anti-gun unit.
”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. There will be riots, there will be fire and there will be bloodshed because we believe in defending our people,” Newsome, co-founder of BLM of Greater New York, said after a meeting with Adams in Brooklyn Borough Hall.
”So there is no way that he is going to let some Gestapo come in here and harm our people. We pray for peace but … prepare for the worst,” Newsome added.
But in his speech, Adams delivered a tough-on-crime message for agitators.
“We’re not going to have a city where anarchists come from outside our city and go into a community such as Queens and destroy the community for their own selfish needs or desires,” Adams said.
On his campaign trail, Adams—a retired NYPD captain—vowed to reinstate the anti-crime units that were disbanded at the height of 2020’s BLM protests.
The mayor-elect praised former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton for slashing the city’s murder rate, and for his “broken windows” policing style that cracked down on quality-of-life issues to make the city safer from violent crime.