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New York Police Union chief “optimistic” as Adams succeeds de Blasio as mayor

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The head of a New York City police union said he was “optimistic” as a former police captain ready to be sworn in as the city’s new mayor.

Just after midnight, with the arrival of 2022, Eric Adams – who was elected in November – replaced outgoing president Bill de Blasio, who was not the favorite of Patrick Lynch, head of the New York City Police Benevolent Association. .

But Lynch seemed optimistic about the new Adams administration as he spoke in Times Square with Jennifer Golotko of Fox News Digital.

“We have a new year ahead of us,” said Lynch. “We’re optimistic about a new mayor, a new police commissioner, a new department – that we can take this city back, make it better and hopefully healthier for everyone. Happy New Year.”

Adams ran on a largely anti-crime platform after townspeople faced destructive protests and riots following the death of George Floyd in May 2020, as street crime increased as the societal effects of the coronavirus restrictions were starting to take their toll.

“Not in my city”

In early December, Adams warned Black Lives Matter activists and others if they were planning to lead more disruptive protests in the city.

“Not in my town,” Adams told an audience at a Police Athletic League event. “We’re not going to surrender to those who say, ‘We’re going to burn New York down. “”

The comments appeared to be a response to fiery rhetoric from the town’s BLM leader Hawk Newsome, who had previously pledged to tackle any plans by Adams to revive past anti-crime police practices that have come under fire. as racists, like the old NYPD stop sign. and delve into “politics.

But in a November opinion piece, Adams said “stop and search” was good policy that was applied incorrectly. He said it was worth reviving if it was used more fairly.

“In fact, as the courts of the United States have asserted for many years, the arrest, questioning and search is a perfectly legal, proper and constitutional tool, when used intelligently, as opposed to indiscriminately against hundreds of thousands of young black and brown men, as it had been for years in New York City, “Adams wrote in the New York Daily News. “Not only that, but it is a necessary tool, by which the police approach a person who fits a witness description or who otherwise appears to be carrying an illegal weapon.”

“Back to the criminals”

Union leader Lynch, meanwhile, has long criticized de Blasio, who has just completed his second and final term as city mayor.

In July 2020, for example, Lynch claimed that de Blasio and other city leaders had “given our city back” to the criminals.

“Our city council, our mayor’s office and the state legislature have handcuffed police officers and returned the streets to criminals,” Lynch told Fox News’s Lawrence Jones on “Hannity” after a night of violence during of which 18 people were shot. city ​​overnight, with at least one person dying.

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“They demonize the police,” Lynch continued, referring to de Blasio and city council officials. “They change the rules, where it is impossible to do our job, and criminals take advantage. smorgasboard down the street, and we’re going to enjoy it, and they did. “

In a December appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Blasio’s future claimed the city had become “much safer” under his leadership – even though NYPD data showed a sharp increase in murders over the years. last two years.

Fox News’s Jennifer Golotko and Danielle Wallace contributed to this story.

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