On episode 56, we welcome Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, creating structural changes in law enforcement, the similarities in the current struggles of different communities, and how to effectively protest injustice in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eric Adams is the Borough President of Brooklyn, New York City. Adams served as an officer in the New York City Transit Police and then the New York City Police Department, for 22 years.
Elected to the New York State Senate in 2006, Adam served for four terms, until late 2013. On November 5, 2013, Adams was elected Brooklyn borough president with 90.8 percent of the vote, more than any other candidate for borough president in New York City that year. He’s also played and is playing a pivotal role in part of New York City’s response to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
From the perspective of a black man and former police captain, Eric offered us insight into creating substantial changes in US police departments, including fostering empathy for community members, engaging in mental health counseling, creating more down time for officers, and having community involvement in choosing NYC police precinct leaders.
Eric also focused on how the Black Lives Matter movement is one which reflects all of our needs, as the struggles within each of our communities are similar and create an opportunity for solidarity. Offering hope for the future, Eric’s understanding indicated why we all need each other and how to continue progressing both personally and on a national scale.