A Black Lives Matter leader in New York is vowing “riots” and “bloodshed” if Mayor-elect Eric Adams reinstates the NYPD’s controversial anti-crime unit.
Hawk Newsome, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, made the threats following a heated meeting with Adams at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
“If they think they are 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,” Newsome said after the meeting. “There’s no way we’re going to let some Gestapos come in here and harm our people. We pray for peace, but Black opportunities prepare for the worst.”
On the campaign trail this year, Adams drew outrage from progressives by vowing to reinstate the anti-crime units, which were disbanded at the height of 2020′s Black Lives Matter protests amid allegations that they used heavy-handed tactics in African-American and Hispanic communities.
“We will shut the city down. We will shut down City Hall, and we will give him hell and make it a nightmare,” Chivona Newsome, sister of Hawk Newsome and co-founder of the same BLM group, said after the sit-down with Adams.
Adams hit back during the impromptu meeting he had with several members of the local BLM movement after they marched in front of his office in Brooklyn. He said he won’t stand for inflammatory language or threats.
“That’s silly. That’s silly. I think New Yorkers should not allow rhetoric like that,” Adams said on Thursday. “This city is not going to be a city of riots.”
The sit-down was behind closed doors but an attendee live-streamed it on Instagram. Adams said he had no problem with the group recording the meeting because he said he has nothing to hide.
“You’re holding me accountable? I’m holding you accountable,” Adams told the group during the meeting, according to the video. “You’re on the ground. Stop the violence in my community. I’m holding you accountable.”