NEW YORK – After taking Black Lives Matter to task last week for remaining silent after a huge uptick in gun-related violence in New York City claimed numerous victims in the African-American community, Democrat Mayor Eric Adams expressed agreement with former NYPD commissioner William Bratton that “woke” progressive policies are in-part responsible for the spike in crime in cities across the country,
Bratton was being interviewed on the “Bloomberg Businessweek” podcast Thursday, where he expressed that pandering to the left has gone too far – including cashless bail and other “soft on crime” policies – resulting in high degrees of lawlessness in many American cities.
“The scales right now are tipped very heavily in favor of the reforms of the progressive left,” he said. “Well intended, some needed, but a bit too far, and what we have as a result is this growing fear of crime, this growing actual amount of crime in almost every American city.”
While a guest on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Adams echoed the sentiments expressed by Bratton, saying in no uncertain terms that the former NYPD commissioner was “right” in his assessment of progressive politics and adding that crime was not a “red state, blue state” issue, but a national one.
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“Major mistakes made throughout the years that destroyed the trust that the police commissioner is talking about – we have to rebuild that trust,” Adams said. “But we can’t rebuild that trust by allowing those who are dangerous and that have – they have a repeated history of violence to continue to be on our streets.”
New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who was also a guest with Adams on the program, agreed fully with his boss.
“We cannot lose sight of the victims of crime,” Sewell said. “We believe the system has to be fair and balanced, but when we lose sight of the victims of crime, we are not doing what public safety is intended to do.”
Adams has been highly criticized as of late due to the 40 percent increase in violent crime in NYC since his administration began, including multiple shootings.