Eric Adams denounces Memorial Day weekend violence



Retired NYPD captain Eric Adams, who is running for mayor, was the only City Hall aspirant to issue a statement Monday decrying several violent incidents over the Memorial Day weekend, including two subway slashings, a fatal stabbing on the Lower East Side, and drug-fueled mayhem in Washington Square Park.

“This weekend is meant to be a weekend of remembrance and togetherness, but unfortunately we saw our city again suffer from violence and crime,” Adams said.

He pointed to a 27-year-old man who was stabbed to death at the LES Coleman Skate Park early Friday, a 64-year-old man who was knifed in the face during a robbery at the Lexington Avenue/59th Street subway station Sunday morning, and a 51-year-old man who was cut in an argument on a Harlem subway platform Monday.

“This is unacceptable. Every New Yorker deserves to feel safe in our city,” Adams said.

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Eric Adams said the Memorial Day weekend violence was unacceptable.
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Adams also referenced the early closure of Washington Square Park after The Post reported that the northwest corner of the famed green space has been overtaken in recent months by a crack- and heroin-filled “drug den.”

He called on Mayor de Blasio to adopt his anti-crime policies, which includes expanding the use of Kendra’s Law to require dangerously mentally ill people in the subways to receive mandated treatment, reinstating the NYPD’s plainclothes unit and increasing resources for gun violence divisions.

Reps for the mayor did not immediately comment.

Likely Democratic voters for the June 22 primary say crime is their number one concern.


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