Mayor Adams Supports NYPD Intervention In Campus Protests Citing Violence And Vandalism

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has come out in support of the New York Police Department’s crackdown on campus protesters at Columbia University and City College of New York. In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday Adams stated that the protests had escalated into criminal activity and violence with protesters taking over a building and vandalizing property.

“We want to ensure we protect democracy and the right to protest 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” Adams said.

The mayor encouraged universities to proceed with their graduation ceremonies and not give in to pro-Palestinian demonstrators who aim to disrupt the events. He assured that the NYPD would do its job to ensure the ceremonies are conducted peacefully.

Adams revealed that the police raid and arrests at Columbia University came after days of communication between the NYPD and the university’s administrators. He expressed concern over the information gathered by the NYPD’s intelligence division regarding outside “agitators” stirring unrest at Columbia and other colleges in the city.

“We knew we had to get permission unless there’s imminent threat to life or severe threat to property; we were not going to overstep our legal authority” Adams emphasized.

The mayor stressed that individuals who are not students of a college are considered outsiders when on college grounds and those who train people to engage in destructive activities are agitators.