Black Lives Matter leaders in New York City threatened “riots” and “bloodshed” on Wednesday if Mayor-elect Eric Adams reinstates the New York Police Department’s anti-crime units.
“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,” said Hawk Newsome, co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, according to Daily News...
“We will shut the city down. We will shut down City Hall, and we will give him hell and make it a nightmare,” said Chivona Newsome, BLM co-founder and sister of Hawk Newsome.
During a meeting with Adams in Brooklyn Borough Hall that was livestreamed on Instagram, the mayor-elect and BLM activists got into a heated exchange over police policies.
After Newsome told Adams that BLM would consider the mayor responsible for future NYPD officer misconduct, Adams responded, “You’re on the ground: Stop the violence in my community. I’m holding you accountable.”
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