Friday, June 3, 2022

NYC Mayor Forms Gun Violence Task Force

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D), on Thursday, discussed the need to Prevent Shootings before they happen in the First place, by attacking Crime at the Root.

Adams announced a New Gun Violence Prevention Task force that will Coordinate across City agencies

The Mayor defended his choice of A.T. Mitchell, Founder of a Brooklyn Anti-Violence group, to Co-Chair the Group. Mitchell’s organization, Man Up!, was cited in 2019 by the city Department of Investigation (DOI) for Financial Mismanagement.

The Mayor vigorously defended Mitchell, noting their Decades of work together. And he said Mitchell had followed DOI’s Recommendations.

“I’ve vetted A.T. for 30 years,” Adams said, calling Mitchell “a person who I have witnessed on the ground at shootings, on the ground talking to people who are in gangs, getting them out of gangs.” He added: “We’re not looking for a nun. We’re looking for someone that’s not afraid to be in the street.”

“We can’t continue to believe that because you made an arrest, you solved the problem,” Adams said. “The problem is: Why are children having, or feel they have the need, to have guns in the first place?”

Adams rallied alongside a Coalition of Anti-Violence groups Thursday, on the City Hall steps. The Community Groups are part of the “Cure Violence” movement, which relies on Intervention Strategies to engage Youth before they are drawn to Violence.

The City’s new Gun Violence Prevention Task force, which will also include: all Six Deputy Mayors, the Police Commissioner, and the Schools Chancellor. The Task force will coordinate closely across City Agencies and with Community groups. “We are the people who are closest to the problem,” Mitchell said. “So quite naturally, we have the answers to those problems.”

The Mayor was warmly embraced by Anti-Violence Activists at the Rally. And he returned the favor.

“You are now part of the apparatus of making our city safe,” he told Attendees. “Intervention and prevention. There’s a new day in the city of the new New York.”

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