Mayor Adams Says Police Should Be Notified to Remove Those Spewing Hate Speech on Subways

Mayor Adams Says Police Should Be Notified to Remove Those Spewing Hate Speech on Subways

By Yehudit Garmaise 

While harassing and berating a Chassidic man on the J train heading from Brooklyn to Manhattan yesterday, the intoxicated perpetrator said, “I could punch the … out of you, and the NYPD won’t do nothing about it.”

The Jewish man was “doing literally nothing except for sitting on the train, minding his own business,” tweeted witness Angelica Christina, who said she “just had a bottle of vodka thrown at her during an anti-Semitic attack.”

While drinking from an open bottle of alcohol, the perpetrator called the Jewish man “every foul name in the book,” in a scene that Angelica Christina reported, “was terrifying to see.”

Mayor Eric Adams, who held a press conference from Athens, Greece, after attending the 2022 Mayors Summit Against Antisemitism, told BoroPark24 that if the perpetrator was intoxicated, he was breaking transit rules.

While the perpetrator may not have fallen into the category of a person dealing with a mental health illness, "he fell into the category of being disruptive and violating the transit rules," according to the mayor.

“We are vigorously enforcing those violations of transit rules. [The perpetrator] would have been ejected off the [train] system if a police officer would have observed that.”

The mayor said someone should have called for the police, and the motorman or the conductor should have notified the police to meet the train.

“That is the purpose of having police officers below,” the mayor claimed.

The mayor said it sounded like the perpetrator’s actions did not cause any physical injury to the Jewish man.

“If [the perpetrator] would have assaulted someone, that would be considered a hate crime, and that is why we are here, dealing with this issue of hate crimes in our city and on our globe,” the mayor said.

When BoroPark24 asked the mayor what fresh ideas he had heard about fighting antisemitism at the Mayors' Summit, Adams spoke about the need for the federal regulation of social media platforms that allow people to spread hate.

“The most important idea to come out of the meeting,” the mayor shared, “was to get more young people involved in the organizations that have traditionally been filled by middle-aged and older people. It is time now for a youth movement that is involved in ending all forms of hate, in general, and specifically, antisemitism.”

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