Black Lives Matters leaders have threatened “riots” and “bloodshed” if New York City mayor-elect Eric Adams works up the audacity to bring back plainclothed anti-crime units that were disbanded after BLM’s George Floyd demonstrations in 2020.
On Wednesday, BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome made bold claims about what would happen if Adams goes through with his promise to reinstate the crime units.
“If he thinks that they’re going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we are going to take to the streets again. There will be riots, there will be fire and there will be bloodshed because we believe in defending our people,” Newsome said after a meeting with the city’s next mayor.
“So there is no way that he is going to let some Gestapo come in here and harm our people,” Newsome added, before noting, “We pray for peace but … prepare for the worst.”
Adams claims he’s not going to be intimidated by the group. With felony assaults up 19% compared to a brutal 2020 and robberies up 6% over 2020, Adams says his anti-crime unit will have specific orders.
“We’re going to have effective policing that’s not going to be heavy-handed,” Adams told reporters. “The plainclothes anti-gun unit is going to zero in on guns and gangs. They are going to wear their body cameras.”
Meanwhile, BLM hasn’t done a thing to stop hate crimes that have more than doubled in 2021 vs. 2020. According to Fox 5, hate crimes against Asians have quadrupled since 2020 — 117 to 25. Yet Newsome’s loudmouth sister told media outlets that politicians “shuck, jive and use rap quotes,” but don’t do anything to help black people.
“You need to be corrected,” Adams shot back at a Wednesday press conference. “You need to be corrected based on what you’re saying. Don’t tell me, ‘I need to do this’ … say, ‘We need to do this.’”
“I put my body on the line for my community. So I’m not here for folks to come and say, ‘I’m going to hold you accountable.’ No it’s us,” Adams lectured.
Hawk Newsome, who is a high school dropout who went on to get his GED and then a law degree from Touro College in New York City, is no stranger to threats.
“We don’t want white people coming in and raising our rents,” he told The New York Post in 2020 while talking about an area near Yankee Stadium in the South Bronx. “You can’t be a supporter of black people if you come gentrify their neighborhood. Stay the f–k out of our community.”
Wednesday’s threats of bloodshed are typical of Newsome’s inflammatory rhetoric.
“If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it,” he told Fox News last year. “All right? And I could be speaking figuratively. I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation.”