Because lives matter, New York City Democrats have decided that Gotham’s next mayor should be a former cop. Like the residents of other U.S. locales suffering pandemic violence following the political left’s successful 2020 campaign against law enforcement, New Yorkers are voting to refund the police. The latest news follows a Republican mayoral nomination for the founder of the Guardian Angels. There is finally bipartisan agreement in New York City: The next mayor must enable police to protect the citizenry.
The Journal’s Katie Honan reports:
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police officer who made public safety the centerpiece of his campaign, won New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary, according to election results released Tuesday…
Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, won the Republican mayoral primary. The winner of the Democratic mayoral primary is likely to prevail in the general election in the fall because Democrats outnumber Republicans by roughly six to one. Mr. Adams would be the city’s second Black mayor.
Mr. Sliwa founded the group of volunteer crime-fighters in 1979 during a previous era of political incompetence and rising violence. Armed only with some martial-arts training and remarkable courage, Mr. Sliwa and his comrades patrolled New York City’s subway system to protect the everyday people the government couldn’t or wouldn’t.
In 2021, Mr. Sliwa is a long shot but fortunately he faces an opponent who seems to share his view that safer streets must be a priority. Mr. Adams, a former police captain, tweets:
I grew up poor in Brooklyn & Queens. I wore a bulletproof vest to keep my neighbors safe… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this wasn’t simply a campaign, it was a five-borough movement of working-class New Yorkers coming together for a safer, stronger, healthier City. And our strength and message is why we won.
This doesn’t mean Mr. Adams won’t seek any changes in the department. Karen Matthews of the Associated Press notes: