The police anti-crime units were disbanded last year in reaction to Black Lives Matter protests and riots and their demand to defund the police. Since they were disbanded, crime has exploded in the city. The new mayor, Eric Adams, ran on a platform of aggressively enforcing the law. Hawk Newsome, co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York is now promising violent riots and bloodshed if Adams follows through on his promises.
This makes me wonder if Adams has the guts to charge Newsome with making terroristic threats or with incitement to riot should BLM riots if the anti-crime units are restored. That would send a strong message to other so-called civil rights leaders who try to extort political leaders should they enforce the law. But, I wouldn’t count on it even though Adams was a police officer before becoming mayor. Even if he did the DA could scuttle prosecution.
“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.”
“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.”
His sister, Chivona Newsome added:
“We will shut the city down. We will shut down City Hall, and we will give him hell and make it a nightmare.”
Adams slammed Newsome at a meeting he had with BLM in Brooklyn:
“You’re on the ground: Stop the violence in my community. I’m holding you accountable.”
“Don’t hold me accountable. Being the mayor, being the borough president, being the state senator — I put my body on the line for my community, so I’m not here for folks to come and say, ‘Eric, we’re gonna hold you accountable.’”
“No, it’s us. We need to do this together.”
Last year, Newsome made a similar threat:
“If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down the system and replace it. All right. And I could be speaking figuratively, I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation. Like let’s be very real and observe the history of the 1960s. When black people were rioting we have their highest growth and wealth and property ownership.”