New Yorkers want more cops on city streets: Mayor Eric Adams

Mayor Eric Adams said Tuesday that communities want more police officers on the ground to curb gun violence and stop the proliferation of illegal guns linked to city street shootings.

“Public safety and the criminal justice system includes the police, and when I go into my communities of color, I’ve never heard them, never heard them say, ‘Eric, we want less police.’ Never,” Adams said on the Tavis Smiley radio show.

He said he will be “persistent” in taking action against cops who abuse their power, but he will not return calls to reduce the city’s law enforcement workforce.

Adams also hailed President Joe Biden’s plan to hire 100,000 more police officers through federal funds in police departments across the United States as a “step in the right direction.”

“We want our officers on our trains. We want our officers in our communities and in our public housing.

“Chicago has had 65 shootings — not by police — but by those carrying illegal guns over the weekend. We have weekends where almost 30 shoots happen. Young people are shot.”

Mayor Eric Adams
Mayor Adams called Tuesday that communities want a greater police presence.
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New NYPD figures released Monday show the number of homicides, shootings and gun violence victims increased in July compared to the same time in 2021.

“I will not be contradictory and I will not speak about the violence that happens in our cities every day. We need the police to do their job,” he said.

“They are part of the public safety apparatus, my crisis management team, improve my school system and deal with the problems of homelessness. They all come together and you cannot remove the police from this equation.”

Adams advertised on a platform promising to get the city’s crime problem under control. Since taking office in January, he has reinstated the NYPD’s old plain clothes unit under new neighborhood safety teams and doubled the police presence in the city’s subway system after a series of high-profile events — most notably the deaths of Michelle Go and Daniel Enriquez and the Subway shoot at Sunset Park.

Michelle Go
Michell Go was pushed onto the tracks and killed in January.
Daniel Enriquez
Daniel Enriquez was shot dead on the Q train in May.

Last week, Adams called on Gov. Kathy Hochul to call an emergency session of the state legislature — whom she shot down — to reopen New York’s controversial bail bond reform law and deal with the city’s crime crisis.

Democratic leaders like Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx) oppose the idea, though Adams said the pair discussed a review of statistics showing a rise in repeat offenders in the criminal justice system. New Yorkers want more cops on city streets: Mayor Eric Adams


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