Eric Leroy Adams (born September 1, 1960) is the Borough President of Brooklyn, New York City. Previously, he was a Democratic State Senator in the New York Senate, representing the 20th Senate District, which includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Flatbush, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Sunset Park and Prospect Heights. On November 5, 2013, Adams was elected Brooklyn Borough President, the first African-American to hold the office.
Prior to his election to the New York State Senate, Adams served as a police officer in the New York City Police Department for 22 years. Adams graduated from the New York City Police Academy in 1984 as the highest ranked student of his class. He started in the New York City Transit Police and worked in the 6th precinct in Greenwich Village, the 94th precinct in Greenpoint and the 88th precinct covering Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. While serving, 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. During the 1990s Adams served as president of the Grand Council of Guardians. Adams rose to prominence during the 90s, after a series of “friendly fire” shootings by white police officers against black officers.
In 1994 Adams unsuccessfully ran against Major Owens for the 11th Congressional seat in Central Brooklyn. Adams was first elected to the New York State Senate in 2006. While a state senator, Adams co-chair of New York’s State Legislators Against Illegal Guns.
Adams was a vocal opponent of the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy, which predominantly affected 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 United States Commission on 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.Adams was among the legislators who suggested a pay raise in 2008.Adams and fellow state lawmakers wore hooded sweatshirts in the legislative chamber on March 12, 2012, in protest of the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen who was killed by George Zimmerman.On December 2, 2009, Adams was one of the 24 senators to vote in favor of marriage equality in New York State. Adams spoke in support of the freedom to marry during the debate before the vote.
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