New Yorkers Want More Police on City Streets: Mayor Eric Adams

Mayor Eric Adams said on Tuesday that communities want more police on the ground to curb gun violence and stop the spread of illegal weapons related to shootings on city streets.

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

He said he will be “heavy handed” and crack down on police who abuse their power, but will not heed calls to reduce the number of police officers in the city.

Adams also applauded President Joe Biden’s plan to add 100,000 additional officers through federal funding to police departments in the United States as a “step in the right direction.”

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

“Chicago has 65 shootings – not from the police – but from those carrying illegal weapons this weekend. We have weekends where we have almost 30 shots. Young people are being shot.”

Mayor Adams issued an appeal on Tuesday that communities want a greater police presence.
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New figures from the NYPD released Monday show that the number of victims of murders, shootings and gun violence rose in July from the same time in 2021.

“I am not going to be inconsistent and not talk about the violence that happens every day in our cities. We need the police to do their job,” he said.

“They are part of the public safety apparatus, as well as my crisis management team, they are improving my school system and tackling homelessness issues. They all come together and you cannot remove the police from this equation.”

Adams campaigned on a platform where he promised to get the city’s crime problem under control. Since taking office in January, he has re-established the NYPD’s old plainclothes unit under new neighborhood security teams and doubled the police presence on the city’s subway system following a spate of high-profile events — most notably the death of Michelle Go and Daniel Enriquez and the Sunset Park Subway Shooting.

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

Last week, Adams called on Governor Kathy Hochul to call an emergency session of the state legislature — which she shot — to reopen New York’s controversial bail reform bill and address the city’s crime crisis.

Democratic leaders such as Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx) oppose the idea, although Adams said the pair were discussing a review of statistics showing an increase in repeat offenders in the criminal justice system.

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