Who is Eric Adams Mayor?
Eric Leroy Adams (born September 1, 1960) is an American retired police officer, politician, and author who is the Democratic nominee in the 2021 New York City mayoral election. He is the 18th borough president of Brooklyn, New York City. wikipedia.orgEric Adams (politician)
12 July, 2021 - 03:24am
Adams, who won his party's nomination last week, said the "fallout" of former President Donald Trump's administration has spurned many liberal politicians to ignore "real issues" facing those in boroughs.
“We can’t be so idealistic that we’re not realistic," the mayoral hopeful said on a Sunday segment of ABC News's This Week. "Cities are hiring all across America, and New York personifies that pain — the inequalities, the gun violence, the lack of really looking after everyday blue-collar workers ... We have failed for so many years, and we’ve allowed the fallout of the Trump administration to have an overreach in philosophy and not on-the-ground, real issues that are facing everyday New Yorkers in America.”
When asked if it was fair to bill him as an "anti-woke Democrat," Adams responded, "Some of us never went to sleep."
“[I have] a 35-year record of fighting for reform with public safety, a person who was arrested by police, assaulted by police, but also lost a childhood friend to gang violence, and so I never went to sleep," he added.
“If we don’t get gun violence under control, it’s going to stop our economic recovery,” Adams said at the final mayoral debate among Democratic primary candidates, during which he also expressed support for a targeted expansion of the city's police force to combat crime.
Adams is likely to be declared mayor when he faces Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, as Democrats outnumber GOP voters 7 to 1 throughout the boroughs. If elected to office, he will succeed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Democratic primary was not without hiccups as the city's board of elections acknowledged releasing erroneous preliminary results from its new ranked-choice voting system. Adams even filed a lawsuit asking a judge to review the ballots after the issue.
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Eric Adams, the moderate Democratic nominee for New York City mayor, said Sunday that members of his party should see from his victory that "we can't be so idealistic that we're not realistic." "Cities are hurting all across America, and New York personifies that pain, the inequalities, the gun violence, the lack of really looking after everyday blue-collar workers, I like to say," Adams told ABC "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos. "So is it -- is it fair to call you an anti-woke Democrat?" Stephanopoulos asked.
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12 July, 2021 - 03:23am
By Sam Raskin
July 11, 2021 | 2:32pm | Updated July 11, 2021 | 2:45pm
Eric Adams, New York City’s Democratic mayoral nominee and a heavy favorite to win November’s election, said Sunday that cops who follow their department’s rules should be shielded from lawsuits for actions on the job — except for “reckless” conduct like in the death of George Floyd.
“I support it with an asterisk,” Adams, a former cop, said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when asked about his stance on a potential federal measure on qualified immunity, which Democrats in Congress are mulling repealing as part of their police reform legislation.
Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine that shields government officials such as police officers from being personally liable in civil suits if they did not violate the law.
Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, said Sunday that if an officer abides by the rules and regulations to which they’re subject, civilians should not be able reap monetary damages from them.
“I don’t believe a police officer who’s carrying out his job within the manner in which he was trained to do so should be open to a lawsuit,” he told host Jake Tapper. “If he’s chasing an armed person who’s discharging a weapon, and that police officer discharges his weapon and an innocent person is struck by that weapon, we should not have that officer open to a lawsuit.”
“When you look at the case of the Floyd case, when clearly the officer when went beyond his scope of responsibility, that officer should be open to a lawsuit,” Adams explained.
“So I don’t believe we should be suing officers who are doing their job, and some of the hazards of that job, but those who step outside those boundaries, and recklessly carry an act that causes [loss of] life, a serious injury, they should be open to being sued, personally.”
After the City Council passed a measure repealing qualified immunity for NYPD officers, Adams in April said it’s “imperative” to lift qualified immunity for misbehaving officers.
“It’s imperative to remove the qualified immunity, particularly with officers who recklessly disregard the role that they are carrying out,” said the retired NYPD captain in an April 24 CBS interview. “But we should do it in a manner that we do not go after officers who are carrying out lawful actions.”
Also Sunday, Adams praised President Biden for addressing everyday gun violence inflicted by people in predominantly black cities using hand guns — rather than focusing on the assault rifles used in less frequent mass shootings.
“I believe those priorities, they really were misplaced, and it’s almost insulting but we have witnessed over the last few years,” he said on CNN. “They knew they were dealing with this real crisis, and it took this president to state that it is time for us to stop ignoring what is happening in the South Side of Chicagos, in the Brownsvilles, in the Atlantas of our country.”
“I believe we should err on the side of being cautious,” he said on CNN.
“Whatever we can do to ensure that we don’t repeat the pandemic experience that we had, we should lean into that.”
“We can’t be so idealistic that we’re not realistic,” he said.
Asked by anchor George Stephanopoulos if, given his moderate stances on policing and other matters, it’s appropriate to call him an “anti-woke Democrat,” Adams quipped, “Some of us never went to sleep.”
11 July, 2021 - 08:02pm
Adams is set to join a meeting the president is holding with Attorney General Merrick Garland and other law enforcement and municipal leaders to discuss the nationwide surge in gun violence, according to White House officials. The White House has not yet announced who else is attending.
An aide to Adams also confirmed his participation. He is attending in his capacity as Brooklyn borough president, but Adams is also a former police captain.
During his primary campaign, Adams was critical of Democratic opponents who called for significantly curtailing the budget of the New York Police Department, in some cases by at least $1 billion. While Adams supports revamping the police budget, mostly through targeting inefficiencies, he railed against calls by liberal Democrats to "defund the police."
He has called himself the "new face of the Democratic Party" for combining a tough-on-crime message with a blue-collar focus. In addition to being a former police officer, Adams said that he'd once been beat up by NYPD officers as a child. He's also a onetime Republican.
Mr. Biden has also criticized calls to defund police forces, but supports a bipartisan push for police reform being negotiated by lawmakers that might redefine whether police officers could face civil suits if accused of wrongdoing. Currently, officers are subject to "qualified immunity" that shields government officials from civil suits while on duty if they didn't violate the law.
Adams said over the weekend that he supports the repeal with exceptions.
"I don't believe a police officer who's carrying out his job within the manner in which he was trained to do so should be open to a lawsuit," he told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. "If he's chasing an armed person who's discharging a weapon, and that police officer discharges his weapon and an innocent person is struck by that weapon, we should not have that officer open to a lawsuit."
Ed O'Keefe is a senior White House and political correspondent for CBS News based in Washington, D.C.
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