HECKLERS greeted President Joe Biden’s arrival to New York City with insults and jeers.
Protestors gathered behind a police barricade on Pearl Street, ready to express their not-so-friendly thoughts at the president.
One protestor began chanting, “Let’s go, Brandon, let’s go, Brandon,” a favorite anti-Biden slogan amongst the right, as a motorcade led Biden off the FDR Drive.
“You are not my president, Joe Biden” shouted another protestor through a megaphone.
Several other chants including “We will not comply” and “No vaccine mandate” were also heard as someone held a sign reading, “Don’t step on my liberty.”
One man was reportedly arrested after trying to light an American flag on fire as the motorcade drove past.
The 62-year-old man was taken to the 7th Precinct where he was given a summons and released.
Biden, along with US Attorney General Merrick Garland and members of Congress came to One Police Plaza to meet with Mayor Eric Adams, Governor Kathy Hochul and NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
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The leaders met to discuss illegal guns and violence in the city. Biden's visit comes just days after the funerals of NYPD officers Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera who died during a shootout in Harlem.
In a speech, Biden said he and the state’s leaders were on the same side when it comes to fighting gun violence in NYC.
“Mayor Adams, you and I agree: The answer is not to abandon our streets. The answer is to come together – police in communities building trust and making us all safer,” said the president.
Biden, who is opposed to defunding the police, said that officers must be given “the tools, the training, the funding, to be partners, to be protectors.”
However, some high-ranking cops weren’t swayed by the president's words, according to The New York Post.
“Typical political mumbo-jumbo,” said one Brooklyn detective. “They talk a good game, but they don’t help.”
The detective said that cops have to “keep the people we arrest with guns in jail. That is the only hope for innocent victims that get shot.”
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