Mayor Adams offers $5K bounty of his own money to catch leftists who defaced war memorial

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is offering to add $5,000 of his own money to a $10,000 CrimeStoppers reward for information leading to the arrest of the anti-Israel protesters who vandalized and desecrated a WWI statue Monday night.

Standing before the statue, Adams called the vandals “cowards,” and said they “clearly hate our country.”

“I want to be extremely clear. In spite of the unpopular notion that people don’t want to say it — I want to say it — I love America. I love America, and I’m proud to be a citizen of America,” the mayor said. “And the reason we are here is because of men and women like the statue behind us. And we cannot remain silent when our symbols of freedom are desecrated by individuals who clearly hate our country and hate our way of life. I am not going to remain silent and we should not remain silent, because our silence gives the belief that everything is OK, and it is not OK.”

“We’re going to treat this crime with the seriousness that it deserves,” Adams added. “I will not stand by while people desecrate memorials for those who fought for democracy and human rights. The right rights that they (pro-Palestinian groups) are calling for.”

According to police, on what was billed as a “Day of Rage,” more than 1,000 protesters were marching from Hunter College to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the Met Gala was taking place. NYPD stopped the mob a few blocks short of their destination, and that’s when the statue honoring the 107th United States Infantry was targeted — the statue depicts seven U.S. Army soldiers breaking through the Hindenburg Line in September 2018.

Phrases like “Free Palestine” and “Let Gaza live” were spray painted on the memorial, which was also adorned with Palestinian flags. The antisemitic protests around the country are increasingly taking on an anti-American flair, and fittingly, the far-left agitators in New York City burned an American flag at the foot of the WWI memorial.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Operations Kaz Daughtry said in a post shared on X: “I want to assure you that the NYPD, backed by our finest detectives, is actively investigating this heinous crime. We will leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Oddly, when the radical left was spray-painting Black Lives Matter on everything, officials were not quite so animated about learning who was responsible for the crime.

Tom Tillison


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