The city council leader on Thursday challenged Mayor Eric Adam’s claim that protests against police brutality are somehow linked to the recent increase in violent crime – as the mayor’s public safety record comes under fire. increasingly scrutiny.
Council Speaker Adrienne Adams responded to Adams’ attack on the protest movement during an interview Wednesday night when asked about the 40% rise in violent crime since her administration began. .
“I certainly don’t speak for the mayor, I never would because I can’t,” the city’s top lawmaker (D-Queens) told reporters at an independent news conference. “What I would say, though, is that people who believe black lives matter care about black lives. Period.”
Hizzoner made reducing crime and addressing quality of life issues central tenants of his mayoral campaign last year, but his administration is under new pressure to make progress as crime continues to rise three months into his term.
He was pressed by the mounting violence – particularly the dozen shootings that broke out on Tuesday as the manhunt for alleged subway lunatic Frank James was underway – during an interview on Wednesday shortly after James’ arrest.
Adams almost immediately pivoted to the protesters in his response.
“Here’s my question I posed to the city: Hey, I thought black lives matter,” Adams retorted during the NY1 appearance. “Where is everyone who said black lives matter?”
“Then go do an analysis of who was killed or shot last night. I was up all night talking to my COs in the Bronx and Brooklyn,” he continued. “The victims were black. Many shooters were black.
Adams also tried to pin some of the blame for the spike in crime on parents, who he said should keep a closer watch on their children.
“So I ask the question I was asked as a kid, it’s 10 p.m., do you know where your kids are,” he added, referring to a famous public service announcement that aired on TV stations as the city averaged over 1,500 murders. each year in the 1970s and 1980s.
The mayor then returned to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“When are we going to start asking the serious question – if black lives matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the streets when [George] Floyd was murdered should be on the streets right now,” he concluded. “We cannot be hypocrites.
City hall did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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