Gothamist is following the trial of Police Captain Eric Adams. The NYPD claims that Adams gave false information to the public during an appearance on CBS 2 about the subway terror alert last fall, while Adams' lawyer, Norman Siegel (of the ACLU), says that Adams' remarks fall under free speech. Adams had implied that the terror alert was used to overshadow the fact that Mayor Bloomberg wasn't attending a mayoral debate in Harlem (basically that the city waited three days to announce the news and deploy extra police officers), which could possibly be a cause for NYPD retaliation. But the NYPD is saying that Adams' statements during the broadcast were factually incorrect, and the mix of details from other commanders in the Manhattan South precinct is fascinating for the kind of staffing moves the NYPD makes during a terror alert. Adams is also the head of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, and his lawyers also seem to be saying that his role as the head of that organization gives him an opportunity to speak for 100 BLEWC, not necessarily being a "representative of the police department."

What's at stake for Adams? His pension and other police benefits - he is retiring from the NYPD and running for a State Senate seat this fall.