Mayor Eric Adams full-bodiedly defended two NYPD officers on Thursday, saying they shouldn’t be “demonized” — days after one of police statements about the arrest of a teenage rapper was “completely discredited” by a Bronx judge.
At an independent news conference, Adams spoke about the gun bust of Camrin Williams, whose scuffle with police officers led to the shooting of Officer Kaseem Pennant in January.
“I don’t think these officers broke the law,” said Adams, who claimed cops searched Williams, a rapper named “C Blu,” after recognizing him from a previous gun arrest.
“We will never say that breaking the law is a way to enforce the law, but the officers who risk their lives to remove illegal guns from the streets should not be demonized,” the mayor added.
Hizzoner’s comments follow a ruling by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Naita Semaj, who found the police narrative that Williams refused to take his hands out of his pockets during the Jan. 18 encounter – which spurred the physical altercation who fired the gun – did it. t set up with evidence.
Semaj said Pennant’s backup, Officer Taulant Gjonbalaj, had no reason to search the teenager, who can be seen on body camera footage with his hands raised during the encounter.
“The court appreciates the testimony of officer Pennant, but finds officer Gionbalaj largely unreliable and unreliable,” the judge wrote in a Tuesday ruling.
“Gjonbalaj testified that he did a thorough frisking [Williams] and at no time did he feel any hard objects, though he opened his coat and lifted his sweatshirt.
“Video from Police Officer Pennant’s body camera clearly shows that the [Williams] was relatively calm and cooperative throughout the encounter. He never attempted to reach for a gun, [Williams] The hands were observed to be up and visible prior to shooting.”
Officers did not say they searched Williams because they recognized him from a previous incident.
The judge added in her scathing opinion that it wasn’t even clear that Williams had triggered the firearm and ruled that the case should be tried in family court.
Still, Adams blamed the teen for packing Heat in the first place.
“This young man was shot because he had an illegal gun,” he said. “That’s why he was shot. This cop was shot because this young man had an illegal gun for the second time.”
After Williams was released on bail days after two NYPD cops were shot in Harlemsaid the mayor: “The current system is failing us.”
Adams believes that legislation aimed at reducing pre-trial detention should include a dangerousness clause, allowing judges to arrest people based on their perceived threat to the public.
Police said at the time that Williams The gun went off while he wrestled with Pennant at the Belmont building around 9:30 p.m. on January 18.
Police charged the teenager with attempted murder, which prosecutors reduced to assault and possession of a weapon.
The bullet pierced Williams’ groin before striking Pennant in the right leg, police officers said.
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