Mayor Eric Adams boasts 40 percent drop in NYC hate crimes
Mayor Eric Adams informed members of a Manhattan synagogue on Saturday that hate crimes dropped by 40 percent citywide final month, insisting he’s nonetheless a cop at coronary heart whose administration has made combating antisemitism a prime precedence.
Throughout a 15-minute speech at Park East Synagogue in Lenox Hill, the retired NYPD captain cited new Police Division information displaying there have been 40 reported hate crimes in the Large Apple final month — a 40 percent decline from 67 in April 2021.
It’s a big swing following the primary three months of the yr, which noticed reported hate crimes rise from 96 to 142, or 48 percent, in comparison with the identical interval in 2021, in line with NYPD information.
“I get it that you simply’re involved concerning the antisemitism that has swept all the world,” the mayor mentioned. “We’re going to transfer this metropolis in the correct route.”
Earlier than Adams addressed the group, the synagogue’s President Herman Hochberg inspired members to “converse up and never be silent” about anti-Jewish crimes.
“A lesson was realized throughout World Battle II,” mentioned Hochberg, clearly referring to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. “We didn’t converse up sufficient.”
Adams – who’s pushing for extra crimes to turn into bail eligible — spent a lot of his speech addressing his administration’s want for reinforcing general public security in addition to calling on the general public to assist cops fairly than “shield the dangerous guys.”
“What we’re doing to cops in town is despicable,” the average Democrat mentioned. “Women and men who’ve positioned themselves in hurt’s means.”
“I’m nonetheless the police officer” who’s “answering requires service,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, some members of the congregation weren’t impressed, saying they anticipated Adams to spend extra time particularly addressing antisemitic and different hate crimes.
“The speech might have been extra pertinent to the problems of anti-Semitism, that are prevalent in town in the present day,” mentioned a peeved synagogue member.
“He claims anti-hate crimes have gone down, however we don’t really feel it.”
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