ERIC ADAMS RESPONDS TO SHOOTING AT TIMES SQUARE

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Adams calls for immediate anti-violence measures at the scene of horrific triple daylight shooting of innocent bystanders

New York, NY — Eric Adams called for immediate action on anti-violence and gun control measures tonight at the scene of a horrific daylight shooting in Times Square that left three innocent bystanders wounded, including a four-year-old girl.

You can watch the video of Adams’ remarks here.

“My fellow New Yorkers: the enemy is winning, and we are waving a big white flag. These shootings have to stop and they have to stop now,” Borough President Adams said. “This gun violence epidemic is growing as it kills, just like a virus. If we do not inoculate against it now, it will spread and spread–and it will mean the death of countless New Yorkers, and the city we have built. But there is a solution to this if we have the intelligence, maturity and strength to do something about it.”

Adams has proposed the following measures to eliminate shootings and the proliferation of illegal guns in New York:

·      Reinstitute the plainclothes anti-crime unit as an anti-gun unit with officers better trained and equipped to handle the vital role of finding illegal guns and shooters.
·      Significantly increase funding to the City’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence.

·      Get officers off of desk duty and civilian assignments and back on to the streets, deployed in places like Times Square that must be protected.

·      Shift resources into the Gun Violence Suppression Division, a highly specialized NYPD unit within the Detectives Bureau tasked with seizing illegal guns and building cases against illegal carriers and traffickers.
·      Prevent illegal guns from flowing through our bus and train stations with spot checks like the ones we use in subway stations.
·      Work with the Port Authority to strengthen security at city entry points, implementing spot checks and coordinating anti-trafficking initiatives.
·      Create a Special Citywide Prosecutor for Illegal Guns, with the dedicated resources and focus needed to manage and litigate illegal gun cases, and to help our pursuit of seeing these cases adjudicated more swiftly in our court system.

·      Fully fund the City’s Crisis Management System and allow for more centralized coordination between law enforcement, community groups and our hospitals.
·      Improve communication and coordination between CMS and NYPD to prevent retaliatorily violence once a shooting has occurred.
Brooklyn Borough President Adams joined the NYPD to change it from the inside after being beaten in a Queens precinct house at 15-years-old. As an officer, Adams became the most outspoken member of the department against racism and abuse, founding 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care and rising to the rank of captain while organizing and advocating for reform. As an elected official, Adams has continued to be a leading advocate for public safety and better policing.

You can read details of Adams’ anti-crime plan here.

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