Rival candidates attacked Maya Wiley for refusing to say whether or not she’d take firearms away from NYPD officers at Thursday’s Democratic mayoral major debate– calling her response “out of touch” and “nonsensical.”
“We don’t need a mayor that is talking about, they’re going to take guns from police officers when they have an over-proliferation of illegal guns on our street,” Brooklyn Borough President and retired NYPD captain Eric Adams mentioned at a marketing campaign occasion in Dumbo Friday.
“I’m not jeopardizing the safety of the citizens and I’m not jeopardizing the safety of those men and women who wear that bulletproof vest to protect us,” Adams mentioned.
“Clearly all the polls state that New Yorkers are saying public safety is our number one issue,” Adams mentioned.
“When New Yorkers are saying that and our chief executives are saying just the opposite, that says to me our chief executives are not in touch with New Yorkers,” he added.
Another mayoral contender, former Citigroup govt Ray McGuire, additionally seized on Wiley’s remarks.
“@MayaWiley wants to take guns away from police but is fine letting NYPD taser people who are already handcuffed. We can’t return to Giuliani-era policing tactics nor nonsensical approaches rooted in politics. My plan offers a departure from the status quo,” McGuire tweeted Friday.
Wiley was pressed on the difficulty by WCBS-TV/Ch. 2’s Marcia Kramer, who requested the 5 candidates at Thursday’s debate, “Attorney General Letitia James is proposing laws to restrict cops from firing their weapons, use of pressure as a final resort.
“Some might ask, why not go all the way and take away the guns altogether like they do in 19 other countries where the bulk of the police force is unarmed?”
Wiley twice tried to dodge the query by pivoting to speaking factors about public security, however she lastly answered after Kramer requested extra instantly, “Will you take the guns away from the NYPD?”
Wiley mentioned, “I am not prepared to make that decision in a debate.”
“I am going to have a civilian commissioner and a civilian commission that is going to hold the police accountable and ensure we’re safe from crime but also from police violence,” Wiley added.
The 4 different candidates on the controversy stage answered instantly that they might not disarm the police.
Her marketing campaign issued a statement late Thursday calling the query “ridiculous,” saying of course Maya wouldn’t strip cops of their guns.
Wiley herself tried to stroll again her reply Friday.
“My platform on public safety is clear. It’s public. It’s on our website. It’s never been a discussion in this campaign. And of course we’re not taking guns away from police officers,” Wiley informed The Post at a marketing campaign cease in Queens.
But Adams wasn’t prepared to give Wiley, a civil rights lawyer and former counsel to Mayor de Blasio, a cross.
“If an attorney, because she is an attorney, states that she didn’t understand the question or that it was a misleading question? I understood it. It was simply– ‘Are you going to take guns form cops?’ That’s a yes or no,” Adams mentioned.