New York City won't surrender to criminality like Portland and Seattle, ex-NYPD Police Commissioner Howard Safir told Fox News.
The city's former top cop was responding to Black Lives Matter co-founder Hawk Newsome's predictions of "bloodshed" if incoming Mayor Eric Adams reinstates an undercover police unit to target gun violence.
"What Newsome said about there being riots and bloodshed, he has a vast misunderstanding of the NYPD," said Safir, who was appointed police commissioner in 1996 by then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
"It's not Portland, it's not Seattle, it's not Minneapolis," he said. "If Black Lives Matter commits crimes on the street, they will be arrested."
Police abandoned the East Precinct in Seattle during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations there, and the area, rebranded as the Autonomous Zone, became the site of several shootings.
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