‘The People’s Candidate’: Eric Adams talks candidacy for Mayor of NYC, police reform

As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term comes to an end, the race for his seat is heating up with 12 candidates. 

Results from a Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll show former presidential candidate Andrew Yang in the lead, followed by former New York City Police Captain Eric Adams. 

Born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, by a single mother raising six kids, Adams is the Brooklyn Borough President.

He founded the organization 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care and made efforts to change policing from the inside. 

Adams, who calls himself “The People’s Candidate,” joined Start Your Day with Sharon Reed and Mike Hill to discuss his candidacy. 

He said that changes are needed in public safety in numerous cities, including Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta, but he said those changes could not be “emotional.” 

The former law enforcement officer also said that needs of the community are changing. “Police officers are responding to too many jobs that they shouldn’t,” he said. 

Noting that policing needs to be changed both internally and externally.  “We can really start redefining what I call the ecosystem of public safety,” he said. “You change systems from outside and inside.” 

Adams said that he would prioritize getting COVID-19 under control, handling violence in the city, and addressing poverty. 

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