Leaders of the NYC’s Black Lives Matter movement on Wednesday threatened “riots” and “bloodshed” in the streets if Mayor-elect Eric Adams reactivates the NYPD’s anti-crime unit.
Hawk Newsome, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, made the threats following a heated meeting with Adams at Brooklyn borough hall.
"If they think that they are going back to the old ways of policing then we’re going to take to the streets again. There will be riots, there will be fire, and there will be bloodshed,” Newsome can be heard saying on video.
The New York Daily News reports additional threats were made:
'We will shut the city down. We will shut down City Hall, and we will give him hell and make it a nightmare,' Chivona Newsome, a BLM co-founder and sister of Hawk Newsome, said after the sit-down with Adams.
Adams told FOX5 that Hawkins didn’t make threats during the heated meeting about police policies.
The former NYPD Captain reiterated his dedication to bringing back the anti-crime unit that disbanded during last year’s Black Lives Matter protests.
"I said it before and that is what I am going to continue to say. That is what I promised to New Yorkers, and that is what I'm going to deliver on," Adams said.