New York Mayor Eric Adams agrees progressive politics plays a role in rising crime in US cities

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New York Mayor Eric Adams agreed with former NYPD commissioner William Bratton that progressive politics played a role in rising crime in American cities during ‘This Week’ from ABC on Sunday.

“The scales are currently tilted very heavily in favor of left-progressive reforms. Well-intentioned, some necessary, but a bit too far, and what we have as a result is this growing fear of crime, this growing real amount of crime in almost every American city,” Bratton said during an appearance on the “Bloomberg Businessweek” podcast on Thursday.

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Adams said he believed Bratton was “right”.

“Major mistakes made over the years that have destroyed the trust that the police commissioner is talking about – we have to rebuild that trust,” Adams said. “But we cannot rebuild that trust by allowing those who are dangerous and who have – they have a repeated history of violence to continue to be on our streets.”

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Fellow ABC guest, New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, said, “We cannot lose sight of the victims of crime. We believe the system should be fair and balanced, but when we lose sight of victims of crime, we’re not doing what public safety is supposed to do.”

New York Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a news conference at City Hall in New York, U.S., January 24, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Adams has previously said crime is a national problem and added that it’s not “the red state, the blue state.”

Host George Stephanopoulos also asked the mayor and Sewell about the recent Brooklyn subway shooting, wondering if there should be a better way to track individuals like Frank James, the shooting suspect. He noted that in many ways James was “hiding in plain sight”, alluding to James’ problematic social media and Youtube pages.

Frank James, 62, suspected of opening fire in a crowded New York City subway station, has been taken into custody and charged with a terrorism-related offense, officials in New York City said on Wednesday. United States, April 12, 2022.

Frank James, 62, suspected of opening fire in a crowded New York City subway station, has been taken into custody and charged with a terrorism-related offense, officials in New York City said on Wednesday. United States, April 12, 2022.
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Adams said social media companies need to “step up.”

“There is a corporate responsibility when we watch the hate brew online,” Adams told the ABC host. “We can identify using artificial intelligence and other methods to identify those who talk about violence.”

New York Mayor Eric Adams speaks to the press about the scene where NYPD officers were shot while responding to a domestic violence call in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, USA United, January 21, 2022. REUTERS / Dieu-Nalio Chery

New York Mayor Eric Adams speaks to the press about the scene where NYPD officers were shot while responding to a domestic violence call in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, USA United, January 21, 2022. REUTERS / Dieu-Nalio Chery
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Sewell said crime was down in the subway compared to pre-pandemic numbers.

“We recognize that people need to see a visible police presence on the subway and we are working to ensure that happens,” Sewell said.

James was arrested on Wednesday after the shooting the day before which left 29 people injured.

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