‘We can’t be hypocrites’: Mayor Eric Adams slams BLM’s silence on rising shootings and deaths

New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams denounced Black Lives Matter (BLM) silence on the growing number of crime-related shootings and deaths across the city during an interview Thursday with Spectrum News.

The host asked the mayor how to handle the growing number of shootings in the city, as she said more than a dozen shootings took place on Wednesday night alone.

“By being consistent with our message. Here is my question that I posed to the city. Hey, I thought black lives mattered. Where are all the people who said “black lives matter?” Then go do an analysis of who was killed or shot last night. I was up all night talking to my COs in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The victims were black, many of the shooters were black.

“So I asked a question they used to ask me when I was a kid, it’s 10 p.m., do you know where your kids are? Why are 16, 17 and 18 year olds on our streets armed with guns until 1 p.m.? When are we going to start asking these serious questions? If black lives matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the streets when Floyd was murdered should be on the streets right now saying that the lives of those children who die every night matter. We cannot be hypocrites.

Since taking office in January, Adams has clashed with Black Lives Matter Greater New York and its co-founder, Hawk Newsome, over the city’s policing policies. Newsome alleged Adams made him look like a lunatic for lobbying for ‘violence healing’ groups, which aim to ease tensions between individuals and change perspectives on violence through education and community building.

“Eric Adams has a lot of good ideas but he doesn’t have a plan. We, following this clip that you just released, did a series of interviews and we said “hey, ask this man about his plan”. He failed to produce a plan and now you have seven cops shot in New York since he took office,” Newsome told Bill Hemmer of Fox News in February. (RELATED: Black Lives Matter activists promise ‘bloodbath’ if NYC brings back crime units)

A mass shooting took place at a Brooklyn subway station on Tuesday, injuring 29 people after suspected suspect Frank James opened fire and deployed a smoke bomb. Authorities tracked down and arrested James on Wednesday afternoon in Manhattan’s East Village after 21-year-old Zack Tahhan saw him while setting up security cameras.

Shootings in the Brox and Brooklyn on Tuesday and early Wednesday left three people dead and 13 others injured, the New York Post reported. Among those killed were a 23-year-old woman, as well as men aged 22 and 21. A 15-year-old girl was also shot in the leg.

Black people were victims of 65% of murders and 74% of shootings in 2020, The New York Times reported.

The city saw a 58.7% increase in overall crime in February compared to the same month a year earlier, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD). During the week of April 4-10, the NYPD recorded a total of 26 shootings and 36 casualties, according to NYPD data.

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