Legal opposition to NYC homelessness policy ‘politically motivated’

Mayor Adams doubled down on his new mental health policy, which requires city police to involuntarily take homeless people for psychiatric evaluation and possible hospitalization, and slammed a legal challenge as politically motivated.

“It’s really unfortunate that we’re trying to use our political motivation to motivate people to care about these individuals,” the centrist Democrat told CNN’s Michael Smerconish on Saturday, without giving details.

The mayor answered questions about legal documents filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court by a coalition of attorneys and activists who wanted to immediately halt implementation of the plan.

The group, which included the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, is seeking an injunction to block the policy’s implementation because it would violate federal Americans with Disabilities Act as well as New York’s Human Rights Act.

Many progressive Democratic politicians and groups, including the Legal Aid Society and the New York Civil Liberties Union, have also criticized the policy.

People opposed to Adams' policies are speaking out at a rally outside City Hall this week.
People opposed to Adams’ policies are speaking out at a rally outside City Hall this week.
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Adams, however, fired back at his critics, saying his program is not police-controlled – although police will be heavily involved.

“Everyone knows mine [earlier] The comments were clear: we don’t detain everyone with a mental illness,” he said. “We’re not arresting people, so all this hysteria that’s being expressed is totally at odds with New Yorkers.

“New Yorkers overwhelmingly understand that we cannot leave our citizens on the streets.”

The mayor's plan met strong opposition from community groups, homeless advocates and some law enforcement agencies.
The mayor’s plan met strong opposition from community groups, homeless advocates and some law enforcement agencies.
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When asked if he was willing to be judged on the program’s success both in New York and nationally, Adams said, “I didn’t become mayor to climb a hill, I became mayor to climb a mountain .”

“I ran into gunfire as a cop,” said Adams, a retired NYPD captain. “I will run towards the problems we face in this city.”

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