New York City Mayor Eric Adams has tapped a veteran violence interrupter activist as his “gun violence czar” Thursday to stop the possible surge of shooting incidents in the summer months.
Adams has selected Andre Mitchell — founder of Man Up!, a Brooklyn-based anti-violence group that has attracted scrutiny from city authorities in the past, as his “gun violence czar.”
Mitchell told the media that his job would be in a voluntary capacity.
“We respect each other’s expertise,” Mitchell said.
“As we begin to head into the summer, with my background and the work that we do, the mayor decided that I would be the best person to help him reduce the violence during these difficult times,” Mitchell added.
Mitchell also revealed part of his part to get “every single agency in the city” involved in the battle against gun violence.
“The city government has a plethora of resources. We’re going to use every single resource we have,” he said.
“We must get those resources out there before crimes happen. We’re going to go into neighborhoods,” he added.