Posted on February 6, 2022

Eric Adams Apologizes for Calling White NYPD Officers ‘Crackers’ in 2019 Video

Kerry Picket, Washington Times, February 4, 2022

New York City Mayor Eric Adams apologized Friday after a video surfaced online showing him deride white New York City Police officers as “crackers.”

Mr. Adams expressed regret at a press conference, calling his use of the word “inappropriate.”

“I definitely apologize. Inappropriate. Inappropriate comments should not have been used. Someone asked me a question using that comment and playing on that word, I responded in that comment, but, clearly, it’s a comment that should not be used,” Mr. Adams said.


The 2019 clip, which was recently posted on YouTube, showed Mr. Adams giving a speech in a small auditorium and saying, “I mean every day in the police department, I kicked those crackers’ ass.”

Thomas Lopez-Pierre, who posted the video, said Mr. Adams was speaking at an event hosted by the Harlem Business Alliance. Mr. Adams, who was preparing to run for mayor at the time, was talking to supporters about his time as a law enforcement officer with the New York City Police Department.

“Man, I was unbelievable in the Police Department with 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement,” he went on to say, referencing the organization that he co-founded composed of Black NYPD officers. “I Became a sergeant, a lieutenant, and a captain. You know the story. Some people, all of a sudden, are trying to reinvent me. {snip}”