Former NYPD commissioner says subway shooting was a “terrorist attack”

A man threw a smoke bomb and then opened fire on a subway car in New York City earlier this week, leaving 10 people wounded.

Although the New York City Police Department (NYPD) has said the crime wasn’t an example of terrorism, its former commissioner doesn’t agree. 

Howard Safir served as NYPD commissioner under former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and he told Fox News’s “Your World” on Thursday that the shooting was “a domestic terrorist attack.”

Independent journalist Andy Ngo has uncovered evidence that the alleged shooter, Frank James, had a history of advocating for black supremacy.

This included a video James posted to social media in which he could be heard screaming abuse at non-African American residents of New York City. (Warning–Graphic language)

That incident does not appear to have been an anomaly, as Ngo demonstrated through a series of tweets that James regularly called for the killing of non-blacks.

USA Today reported that James has since been charged by federal authorities with terrorism.  It also noted that “the attack occurred in a large Asian American community” although the paper made no mention of James’ anti-Asian rhetoric.

In addition to calling the subway shooting an act of terrorism, Saffir said it was emblematic of what has happened to New York City in recent years, complaining, “Crime is up in just about every category in New York.”

“Shootings are up. And what really disturbs me is the collateral damage that’s happening from these criminals with guns – killing teenagers, innocent women, people just walking on the street,” he continued.

“We really have to do something about taking back this city,” Saffir insisted, adding, “We did it in the late ’90s and 2000s. We can do it again.”

“But Mayor Adams has got to get a real strong backbone and not listen to the loudest voices. We need to go back to broken windows. We need to go back to stop, question and frisk.”

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