Eric Adams on NYC’s mayoral race, public safety, economy and COVID plan

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Eric Adams:

Well, we have to be honest with ourselves.

We cannot march and state Black Lives Matter when a police officer murders Mr. Floyd, yet every day we’re seeing countless numbers of shootings in Chicago’s South Side, Throughout Brooklyn. We’re seeing upticks in violence in Atlanta, all over California.

And so we need to be consistent. If Black Lives Matter, if the lives of everyday people of color matter, then we need to look at every areas of the country where they’re being impacted.

But we can do it by, number one, prevention. For example, 30 percent of our prison population is presumed to be dyslexic. If we do dyslexia screening in all of our schools and give the services to families, we can prevent violence.

But then we have to — be intervention. You can’t have shooters in Times Square. That’s going to impact our tourism. You can’t have gang members taking over our streets and having people being slashed and shoved to the subway tracks. So we must have an intervention plan and a prevention plan.

And we can do it to operate together.

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