Adams “ignore” Council members’ request to end solitary confinement – NBC New York
Eric Adams says he is New York’s next mayor, whether the also newly elected council members “like it or not.”
On the same day the mayor-elect canceled his inauguration ceremony due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, Adams had a few choice words on his future colleagues who signed a letter on Tuesday criticizing his intention to put the violent inmates of Rikers Island in solitary confinement. .
Twenty-nine new members of New York City Council said in the letter that solitary confinement is considered a form of torture by the United Nations, human rights organizations and medical experts, adding that evidence shows that the method actually causes more violence.
“It causes intense suffering and has claimed the lives of countless New Yorkers, including Layleen Polanco, Kalief Browder and Brandon Rodriguez,” the letter read.
In response to the letter, which was sent to both Adams and reporters, Adams said the board members’ desire was to be “disruptive.”
He was upset to learn of the press letter and said council members should have picked up the phone and called him. He also said that council members’ assertion that he supports inhumane solitary confinement is a lie.
However, Adams said last week he would reverse Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans to end solitary confinement and send prisoners to “segregation“of the main prison population from day one if they commit an act of violence.
The 61-year-old said new board members were prohibited from questioning him on public safety matters because the former NYPD captain wore bulletproof vests for 22 years.
“What I’m going to do I’m going to ignore,” the Democrat said. âWhether they like it or not, I’m the mayor.
“Those who romanticize this problem, I ask them, go do a week on Rikers Island. Spend some time there. Then you go out and tell me the dangerous should go up and down and not be held responsible,” did he declare.
NBC New York’s Chris Glorioso reports.
Elected council member Tiffany Caban of Queens, whose name appears first in the letter, told News 4 that the progressive majority in city council would not be ignored, calling Adams’ position extreme.
Adams is clearly taking a tougher approach to tackling crime, which he said voters wanted when they elected him. But new council members have also been elected, and Adams’ clash with city council may be a sign of what’s to come next year.
In 2020, the city settled a $ 5.9 million lawsuit with the family of Layleen Polanco, a transgender woman with epilepsy who died in an isolated cell on Rikers.
Another person named in the letter, Kalief Browder, a resident of the Bronx, was 16 when he was sent to Rikers after being accused of stealing a backpack. He spent three years there, nearly two of them in solitary confinement, before being finally released without trial. He later committed suicide.
Brandon Rodriguez, 25, died after being found unconscious in a cell at the Otis Bantum Correctional Center in Rikers in August. More than a dozen people died in 2021 on the island.