WASHINGTON — New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams met with President Biden at the White House on Monday to discuss soaring rates of violent crime including murders and carjackings.
The former cop-turned-Brooklyn Borough president is the heavy favorite to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio after narrowly winning the recent Democratic primary. His win was a blow to Democrats who advocate defunding the police following the murder last year of George Floyd by a Minneapolis officer.
Biden, seated at the center of a large boardroom table, said “most of my career I’ve been dealing with this issue,” referring to his historical anti-crime advocacy, which included authoring harsh drug laws in the 1980s and ’90s that contributed to the mass incarceration of minorities and sent some people to prison for life for dealing marijuana.
Biden emphasized in his opening remarks that the federal government was focused on “stemming the flow of firearms used to commit violent crimes,” referring to