Mayor Eric Adams defends NYPD response to campus protests

By Olivia Smith | May 7, 2024

The school

Mayor Eric Adams of New York City justified the police intervention in campus protests, which have emerged as the focal point of nationwide demonstrations against the Israel-Hamas conflict.
 

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"We want to ensure we protect democracy and the right to protest," Adams told ABC News "This Week" co-anchor Jonathan Karl, "but we have an obligation that when those protests reach the point of violence ... we have to ensure that we use a minimum amount of force to terminate what is perceived to be a threat not only by our intelligence, but also the school and college officials."
 

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Adams explained that the extensive police presence witnessed in the city, particularly at Columbia University, was a result of effective communication between law enforcement and university authorities.