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July 12, 2020
Brooklyn, NY – Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams released a new video with a clear message: Black lives matter, whether Black and Brown New Yorkers are the victims of police violence or street crime. The video comes on the heels of recent nationwide protests in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which have sparked far-reaching police reforms in New York City and across the country. It also follows a recent spike in shootings throughout the five boroughs, the victims of which have overwhelmingly been people of color.
“There is no true justice without safety, and no safety without justice. We are at an inflection point in our city and our nation’s history. The Black Lives Matter movement has awakened our collective conscience and forced a reckoning on police violence. People feel the same pain whether the bullet that claims the life of their loved one comes from a service weapon or an illegal handgun. We must engage our policymakers, clergy leaders, community advocates, law enforcement officials, and activists to build on the meaningful reforms we have achieved in recent weeks while tackling the troubling surge in shootings. It’s time to say with one clear voice that ALL black lives matter,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
Borough President Adams laid out several steps in the video to improve public safety while ensuring Black and Brown New Yorkers were being treated in an equitable manner:
Last week, Borough President Adams held a vigil at Brooklyn Borough Hall with mothers of the victims of gun violence and anti-violence advocates, memorializing recent victims of gun violence in New York City. At the vigil, there were 101 pairs of shoes and a casket present to represent the 101 shooting victims in the 74 gun violence incidents that took place the previous week throughout the city. All of the victims were people of color.
According to statistics from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), as of July 5th, shooting incidents have risen by 54 percent, relative to the same time period last year, while shooting victims have risen by 63 percent. Murders are also up by 27 percent over the same time period last year.
The link to the video is available here.
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