Prominent leaders of the Black Lives Matter organization in New York City pledged violence if Mayor-elect Eric Adams restarted anti-crime units in the city.
“If he believes we are going back to the old New York policing, then we will go to the streets yet again,” Hawk Newsome, who is one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter of New York, said to the NY Daily News.
“We will have riots, there will be bloodshed and fire because we want to defend our people,” Newsome pledged.
The anti-crime unit was a group of the NY Police Department that made use of plainclothes police officers to look into and reply to violent crimes. That unit was removed in June of 2020 after the death of George Floyd in the city of Minneapolis.
Adams, a former New York police officer, said he wanted to bring the unit back during his interview with The City.
“We shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Having a great Anti-Crime team will keep taking guns off our streets,” Adams said. “We will get it right, and we’ll guarantee our city is protected.”
On Adams’ website, his safety strategy for NY City proposes to “reinvent” the anti-crime unit to focus on more gun violence.
Activists said bringing the unit back is unacceptable and pledged violence if it came back.
“We will bring the city to a stop. We will shut everything down, City Hall will stop, and we’ll give him hell and turn it into a nightmare,” Chivona Newsome, who is Hawk Newsome’s sister and another co-founder of the BLM group in NY City, said to the Daily News.
The Black Lives Matter Global Group has said that Newsomes and their organization are not connected to it.
This comes at a time when Joe Biden would rather target concerned parents as “domestic terrorists” and “white supremacists” instead of groups like BLM who directly threaten bloodshed. Democrats have showed no signs of targeting BLM with the same domestic terrorism laws that they want to use against parents. The double standard that exists for conservatives and liberals is too obvious for anyone to dispute.
Author: Steven Sinclaire