In the wake of a recent spate of shootings where African Americans were the shooters as well as the victims, NYC Mayor Eric Adams calls Black Lives Matter (BLM) hypocrites!
The mayor’s comments came after a series of shootings that left Black victims dead on Wednesday, Apr. 13.
Adams called out BLM during an interview on NY1 following a string of shootings in the Bronx and Brooklyn that left three people dead and 13 others injured.
“Where are all those who stated ‘Black Lives Matter?’” Adams asked. “Do an analysis of who was killed or shot last night. I was up all night speaking to my commanders in the Bronx, in Brooklyn. The victims were Black.”
“The lives of these Black children that are dying every night matter. We can’t be hypocrites,” he added.
According to reports, bullets hit at least 15 people, and two people were killed as gun violence continued to spiral out of control.
Police recorded six shootings over the space of six hours late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, killing a 23-year-old woman and two men aged 21 and 22, according to the New York Post.
A 23-year-old woman was hit by a stray round as she sat in her car, while a 22-year-old man was also killed in a separate attack.
Adams’s comments seemed to be a thinly-veiled attack on progressives who have criticized his policies in recent weeks. He said those who protested police brutality in 2020 should do the same for the violence currently afflicting the city.
He added: ‘If black lives matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when [George] Floyd was murdered should be on the street right now.
Violent crime has skyrocketed since the pandemic in NYC, and it was what catapulted Adams, who has a background in law enforcement, to the mayor’s office in the hopes that he would get tough on crime.
The spat of shootings and Adams’s comments came mere days after a mass shooting at a Brooklyn subway station left nearly 30 people injured, though there were no fatalities. While the perpetrator initially escaped the scene, he was apprehended following a massive manhunt from New York law enforcement.
Police took suspect Frank James into custody on Wednesday. James, a Black man, had posted multiple rants on social media railing against White people and threatening violence.
New York City has been battered by a severe crime wave in recent weeks, with transit attacks spiking 46 percent since last year.
In March alone, the number of crimes in subways jumped 55 percent from the same period last year, NYPD data shows.
There were 180 crimes reported in March of this year compared to 118 crimes for 2021.