Expressing a duality that is considered unique within the discussion about police conduct and civilian rights, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams took time to write a passionate op-ed piece for The New York Times. According to a recent article, the timely piece entitled The Thin Line Between Us, details his experience as a former police officer in New York City and as a person who congregated with others to push for necessary reform.
Throughout his time in office, Adams has been recognized for his efforts within the community with special regard to race relations. After former police officer Peter Liang went on trial for the death of unarmed Akai Gurley of East New York, Adams organized a summit that brought Black and Asian business leaders together to formally discuss the issue.
“I have worn the blue uniform of the New York City Police Department, upholding the law even as I raised my voice to reform its enforcement and make policing better.” Adams explains.
Throughout the piece, Adams explains how he maintained clear and concise ideals throughout his time as an officer, so that all of his efforts were aimed towards accountability and justice. In one of the most moving parts of the piece, Adams reflects on his believe about the possibilities for positive change when it comes to officer relations. Just yesterday, July 11, President Adams hosted a somber vigil at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights where hundreds of locals came to pay respects to both the civilians and officers who lost their lives around the country in the last week.
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