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Adams calls 911 to report assault on first day as New York mayor

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) called 911 on Saturday morning to report an assault he witnessed during his first commute to City Hall after being sworn in.

While waiting to board the subway to City Hall, Adams, a former New York City police captain, called 911 to report an assault he saw taking place on a street in the city, according to The Associated Press.

Adams is heard informing authorities of an “assault in progress” involving three men in a video posted by a reporter. 

In a separate tweet, the reporter said police “came and left,” adding a photo of where the reported assault took place.

The incident came on Adams’s first official day as mayor of New York City. He was sworn into office in Times Square earlier that day, minutes after the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve.

Adams secured the Democratic nomination for mayor over the summer, besting a crowded field of candidates before easily beating Republican Curtis Sliwa in the November general election.

At a news conference later Saturday with police commissioner Keechant Sewell, Adams said New York is “not going to be a city of violence.”

“I am clear on my mission to aggressively go after those who are carrying violent weapons in our city,” Adams added, according to the AP.

He was speaking outside a hospital following the shooting of a police officer that day. The officer was sleeping in his car parked in a precinct lot between shifts, the AP noted.

Sewell, who was appointed by Adams, is the city’s first female police commissioner.

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