Eric Adams (politician)
|Eric Adams speaking at City Hall in New York City, October 5, 2008.|
|Member of the New York Senate
from the 20th district
|Preceded by||Carl Andrews|
|New York City Police Department|
|Years of service||1984–2006|
Eric L. Adams is a Democratic State Senator in the New York Senate. He represents the 20th Senate District, which includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Flatbush, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Sunset Park and Prospect Heights. On November 5th, 2013, Adams was elected Brooklyn Borough President, the first African-American to hold the office.
Prior to his election to the State Senate, Adams served as a police officer in the New York City Police Department for 22 years, during which time he co-founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, an advocacy group for black police officers, and often spoke out against police brutality and racial profiling.
In his continued attempt to enforce his anti-gun views, he is now the Co-Chair of New York's State Legislators Against Illegal Guns.
Stop and Frisk
Senator Eric Adams has been vocal with regard to the current "stop and frisk" policy that has predominantly targeted young Black and Latino men. He has sought to stop the New York City Police Department from gathering data about individuals who have been stopped but not charged. In 2000, the U. S. Commission of Civil Rights concluded the City of New York’s street-stop policy constituted racial profiling Adams supported the calling for a federal investigation into current "stop-and-frisk" practices.
Stand Your Ground
Senator Adams along with fellow state lawmakers wore hooded sweatshirts in chamber March 12, 2012. The demonstration was performed in solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch officer who told police was "acting suspicious".
On December 2, 2009 Senator Adams was one of the 24 Senators to vote in favor of marriage equality in New York State. Senator Adams spoke personally and powerfully in support of the freedom to marry during the pre-vote debate.
- Devereaux, Ryan (May 18, 2012). "NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit Gets Class Action Status". The Rutherford Institute. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- Wansley, Terrance. "100 BLACKS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO CARE". Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- KATZ, CELESTE (MAY 24, 2010). "Adams, Jeffries Defend Stop-And-Frisk Bill". Daily News. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- Schuh, Jamie (October 20, 2011). "NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy demands a federal probe: It's race-based and ineffective". Daily News. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- Seiler, Casey (March 27, 2012). "'Hooded' legislators make a point". Times Union. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- Support (Dec 07, 2009). "Voice for Equality: NYS Senator, Eric Adams". Freedom To Marry. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- Eric Adams for Brooklyn Borough President 2013
- Elect Eric Adams for Brooklyn Borough President 2013 on Facebook
- New York State Senate: Eric Adams
- 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement
|New York State Senate|
|New York State Senate, 20th District
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