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Gun tossed from bus lands near Adams’ Crown Heights campaign office

His campaign says it’s symptomatic of need for crackdown on guns

June 15, 2021 Associated Press
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A gun that someone threw out of a bus landed outside a campaign office of New York City mayoral candidate and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, authorities said.

The incident started at around 1:45 p.m. Sunday when two men got into an argument aboard a city bus on Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights, according to police.

One of the men pulled a gun, then dropped it on the floor of the bus and ran, a police spokesperson said.

Someone then threw the gun out of the bus, police said. It landed outside 1022 Nostrand Ave., a building that includes the Brooklyn campaign office of Adams, a former police captain who is running for the Democratic nomination for mayor.

“Dozens of volunteers and I were inside the office,” Adams’ chief of staff, Ryan Lynch, tweeted. “This is the real public safety threat Eric keeps talking about. We must get serious about these guns.”

Early voting started Saturday for the June 22 primary. Adams is leading most recent polls with a message stressing his policing experience.

Police said no one was injured in the confrontation Sunday and there were no arrests.

The office opened fairly recently, on May 21. The opening ceremony attracted many representatives of the Crown Heights Lubavitcher Hasidic community as well as representatives of the local Black community, according to Anash, an Orthodox Jewish website.

As the Eagle has reported, Adams has stressed his experience on the police force in his campaign.  

“No one is coming to New York, in our multibillion-dollar tourism industry, if you have 3-year-old children shot in Times Square,” Adams said at a recent debate, referring to a May 8 shooting in which a 4-year-old girl and two adult women were wounded by stray bullets.

However, Adams was also somewhat of a maverick as a police officer. He founded a group known as 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement that was often at odds with NYPD headquarters at One Police Plaza over racial profiling and the need to recruit more police officers of color. 

Recently, Adams said while the controversial stop-and-frisk policing tactic of the Bloomberg era was often abused by officers who threw people up against a wall, went through their pockets and searched them illegally, stop-and-frisk can still be an effective tool when employed legally.

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  1. Jerry Krase

    someone should tell the beep that stop & frisk is illegal and saying it is doesn’t make it so. also, did he ask whether the men were registered voters?