Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday said it was “unacceptable” for someone angry at officers to unleash terror on innocent New Yorkers – after videos surfaced online of the suspect in the Brooklyn subway attack raging about Hizzoners .
Frank James, the 62-year-old man the NYPD is chasing after Tuesday’s N-train shooting that injured 29, made bizarre threats and criticized Adams on YouTube last month.
“This is unacceptable,” Adams told Pix11 when asked about the suspect’s tirade.
“It is one thing to criticize the actions of a government official, but taking an automatic weapon and firing 33 rounds into the subway system with a gas mask is unacceptable. We will arrest and prosecute them.”
“We will not accept that people who deny any issues with the government use violence of this kind,” Adams added.
James had criticized the mayor in the online videos for not doing more about homelessness on the subway.
“Mr. Mayor, I am a victim of your mental health program,” James said in a lengthy video. “I am now 63 years old, filled with hate, filled with anger and filled with bitterness.”
“Eric Adams, Eric Adams: What are you doing bro? What happened to this homeless situation,” he said, referring to the subway. “Every car I went to was full of homeless people. It was so bad I couldn’t even stand. I had to switch from car to car.”
The NYPD said it increased security for Adams after police discovered the videos.
“This person with an interest in today’s Brooklyn subway shootings has spoken out about @NYCMayor in the past,” a rep for Adams tweeted late Tuesday. “As a precaution, @NYPDnews will be increasing Mayor Adams’ security presence until this man has been questioned.”
The mayor also said Wednesday the NYPD is working with MTA officials to determine why cameras were closed on March 36th Station were out of service during the attack.
“Cameras play a crucial role in identifying crimes like this – that’s their purpose,” the mayor told Fox5.
Adams called for a full analysis of the MTA to determine if other cameras at subway stations across the city had failed.
“I know people see the subway system going through New York … but the city’s mayor doesn’t have jurisdiction — it’s a government agency. We have communicated with MTA. They have been extremely cooperative,” he added.
He paused to say if anyone at the MTA should lose their job over this.
Adams added that he is pursuing new metal detection technology throughout the subway system that would be able to detect straphangers with guns.
“When it comes to a person who has a desire to inflict terror on innocent passengers… stopping them from breaking into the system is a real challenge because our system is actually so vast and extensive,” he said. “The aim is to identify them immediately.”
Anyone with information about the shooting should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or log on to the CrimeStoppers website.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/13/adams-slams-subway-suspect-frank-james-online-rants-violence/ Adams slams subway suspect Frank James’ online harnesses as violence