BLM leader threatens ‘riots, bloodshed’ if NYC mayor reinstate NYPD anti-crime unit amidst rising crime in NYC

Hawk Newsome

A leader of the Black Lives Matter organization in NYC has threatened “bloodshed” and “riots” if NYC Mayor-elect Eric Adams keeps his campaign promise to reinstate the highly effective anti-crime unit of the NYPD amidst a citywide spike in shootings and crime.

Hawk Newsome, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, made the threats after a heated meeting with the newly elected mayor of NYC, Eric Adams, a former NYPD police captain who won 86% of the votes to become the second black Mayor of the Big Apple.

“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.”

Throughout his campaign, Adams has consistently said he was proud of time serving as a police officer in the country’s most populous city and had openly rejected radical leftists demands to “defund the police,” and promised to bring back the plainclothes anti-crime unit to deal with the spike in illegal guns and shootings.

“We’re going to have effective policing that’s not going to be heavy-handed,” Adams told reporters. “The plainclothes anti-gun unit is going to zero in on guns and gangs. They are going to wear their body cameras.”

Adams had the impromptu meeting with about a dozen members of the local BLM movement after they marched in front of his office in Brooklyn. He has said that 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.”

“They didn’t say any of that in the meeting. They know who I am. I ran on a very clear message: my city will not be unsafe,” Adams told FOX 5 NY on Thursday morning. That is what I promised to New Yorkers and that is what I’m going to deliver.”

John Jay College of Criminal Justice Professor Michael Alcazar said the plainclothes units are essential because the criminals do not know who they are.

“We have to keep the bad guys guessing if there’s plainclothes officers out there watching them,” said Alcazar, a retired NYPD detective.

The Detectives Endowment Association, the union that represents detectives, blasted the threats from the local BLM group.

“We need to support Mayor-Elect Adams’ plan to restore public safety and get guns off our streets. NYPD will do the job,” union president Paul DiGiacomo said in a statement to FOX 5 News. “Loud threatening rhetoric will not.” 

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