New York City mayor Eric Adams on Friday apologized for his 2019 statement in a video dated December 13, 2019, calling the white NYPD officers ‘crackers’.
Adams said his statement is inappropriate and he is deeply sorry for it.
Sources said Adams made the statement as he gears up to launch his campaign for mayor.
“Every day in the Police Department, I kicked those crackers’ a–,” Adams says in the video.
Almost three years since he made the statement, Adams has apologized for it.
“I definitely apologize. Inappropriate, inappropriate comments, should not have been used,” Adams said.
“Someone asked me a question using that comment and playing on that word. I responded in that comment, but clearly, these comments should not have been used, and I apologize not only to those who heard it, but to New Yorkers because they should expect more from me. That was inappropriate,” Adams added.
Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, the NYPD’s largest union, also on Friday called on their members to not “rush to outrage.”
“We have spent far too many hours together in hospital emergency rooms these past few weeks, and we’ve worked together for decades before that,” Lynch said.
“A few seconds of video will not define our relationship. We have a lot of work to do together to support our members on the streets,” Lynch added.