The chair of Black Lives Matter Greater New York plans to launch a Peace Officers initiative in the Bronx and Atlanta on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death this May.
Hawk Newsome, the chairman of Black Lives Matter Greater NY, already had a plan when protests erupted throughout the nation in response to George Floyd’s death.
With so many people now “paying attention,” he said, it was the perfect time for him to launch Black O.P.T.S., an organization pushing for radical national reforms to housing, education, and law enforcement. It includes an armed squad of “peace officers” with the sole purpose of protecting Black people against violence, from cops or anyone else.
Newsome appeared on Fox to talk about his organization. He caught the attention of then-President Donald Trump. “If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it,” Newsome said. Trump said the proposal is treasonous, and Newsome has been getting death threats ever since.
But that hasn’t stopped him. On May 25, the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, Newsome plans to launch his Peace Officers initiative in the Bronx borough of New York and in Atlanta.
“We want to abolish the police, but if we can’t maintain peace in our communities, then there’ll be chaos. So you can’t talk about abolishing the police and not have a policing unit of our own,” Newsome said.
These “peace officers” are just one small part of Newsome’s Black O.P.T.S. vision.
“The peace officers [are] what America will see. They’ll see big Black people with guns, that’s what they’ll bite onto. But will they talk about how we’re teaching our people trades, will they talk about how we’re building unity in our community? Will they talk about how we’re feeding our people?” Newsome asked.