Black Lives Matter Threatens NYC with 'Bloodshed' if Mayor Gets Tough on Crime
BLM leader Hawk Newsome sends warning of 'riots' & 'fire' to Mayor-elect Eric Adams
The leader of Black Lives Matter's New York wing has sent a bone-chilling threat of "riots," "fire," and "bloodshed" if Mayor-elect Eric Adams lives up to his campaign promise to get tough on crime in NYC.
After "woke" Mayor Bill de Blasio slashed the NYPD budget last year, violent crime has soared in New York City.
Throughout his campaign, Adams, a former NYPD captain and the Brooklyn borough president, pledged to bring back plainclothes police officers in an effort to fight rising crime.
However, New York's BLM cofounder Newsome met with Adams on Wednesday night and issued a troubling warning after the heated discussion with the incoming mayor.
"If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing, then we're going to take to the streets again," Newsome warned the people of New York.
"There will be riots, there will be fire, and there will be bloodshed."
Adams promised during his campaign to be tough on crime as New York City's next mayor, according to the New York Post.
He said his plan would include bringing back an undercover police unit - the same unit scrapped by de Blasio.
Following his meeting with Newsome, Adams remained undaunted, however.
"I made it clear on the campaign trail," Adams told CNN on Thursday morning.
"I’m going to put in place a plainclothes gun unit.
"We must zero in on gun violence in our community. …
"That was my promise, and I’m going to keep it."
NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea dissolved the undercover unit, which had about 600 officers, in June 2020, citing a "disproportionate" number of police shootings.
In 2014, a plainclothes police officer choked Eric Garner to death.
Garner's last words, "I can't breathe," became a rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Newsome told the Post Adams was "tone deaf" to African Americans' concerns with policing in the city and "didn’t offer a comment on police reform" during their meeting.
He also tried to clarify his earlier remarks, saying he was "not threatening" but predicting a "natural response" of New Yorkers to "aggressive oppression."
"We will be at his front door, we will be at Gracie Mansion, we will be in the streets if he allows these police to abuse us," Newsome said.
"I am not threatening anyone.
"I am just saying that it’s a natural response to aggressive oppression, people will react."
Newsome made similar remarks in June 2020 following the murder of George Floyd, saying on Fox News that "if this country doesn't give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it."
Adams told the Post he believes there will be "safe streets and racial justice," adding that he put his "body on the line" for the city as an NYPD officer.
"If Black lives truly matter, then we must address violence in our communities while we address bias in policing," Adams said.
"Yelling and not listening gets us nowhere."
Adams has served as Brooklyn borough president since 2014.
He served as an NYPD officer for more than 20 years.