BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The NYC Police Benevolent Association took to social media to slam New York Mayor Bill de Blasio over the ‘chaos’ that ensued on Saturday night in the Brooklyn projects.
Before it was over, gunshots rang out, items were thrown at cops from every direction and three New York City police officers were in the hospital.
“How are cops supposed to do our job in this environment? When will @NYPDNews or @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio stand up & say enough is enough?” the post on Twitter read.
“Chaos is running the streets. This is outrageous — we’re lucky it wasn’t worse.”
But instead of addressing the issue and condemning the violence… the 2020 hopeful was in New Hampshire working on his presidential campaign.
It took him until late afternoon before he finally addressed the situation.
It’s really simple: anyone who attacks our NYPD officers WILL be caught and WILL pay the consequences.
An investigation is underway into last night’s incidents in Brooklyn. If you have ANY information, please contact the NYPD IMMEDIATELY. https://t.co/WN2qnHixay
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 18, 2019
By the time it was over, eight people were in police custody for charges of disorderly conduct. One officer was injured when a man allegedly head-butted him. Another officer had to receive 12 stitches in his arm from going down to the ground at the scene.
Residents of the Marcy House projects were reportedly celebrating ‘Marcy Day’ by having barbecues and parties throughout much of the day on Saturday. When drunk and disorderly fights broke out and things began to get out of control, police attempted to break up some of the unruly gathering. That’s when things turned violent.
How are cops supposed to do our job in this environment? When will @NYPDNews or @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio stand up & say enough is enough? Chaos is running the streets. This is outrageous — we’re lucky it wasn’t worse. https://t.co/hL9EQnhTNX
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) August 18, 2019
A number of videos posted to Instagram show a large police presence running in the direction of the commotion. One person can be overheard saying, “They’re about to shoot, I’m getting the f— out of here.”
Mobs erupted in violence, taunts and gunfire in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn overnight, leaving three officers with minor injuries. Eight people were arrested. Anger may have been stoked by cops using pepper spray.https://t.co/ukpMkK6xMl
— Doug Pologe (@DougPologe) August 18, 2019
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Some officers were struck by “air mail,” objects thrown down from rooftops, police at the scene in Bedford-Stuyvesant told The Post. Some of the items included glass bottles, rocks and other projectiles.
Officers reported that after they had attempted to disperse the crowd using pepper spray, a number of gunshots rang out nearby. No injuries were reported from the gunfire, but the noise sent cops running toward the area.
They called it ” ‘F–k you’ to the cops.”
As the area descended into chaos, some people left the scene, but others only grew angrier.
“Straight up cowards!” one man in the crowd shouted at cops at just after midnight. “You don’t know how to do anything you f–king coward!”
Police say that after they attempted to break up the crowd, roving mobs of cop-hating locals roamed the Brooklyn streets for hours, continuing to follow and antagonize police officers in the area. The latest arrest from the incident came just before 3 a.m. Sunday.
It was reported that by early Sunday morning, four people had been arrested for their role within the disorderly mob and eleven were cited for disorderly conduct.
#NY1 in Bed-Stuy #Brooklyn where cops were shot at last night.
They were trying to breakup fights & things got chaotic near Bainbridge & Thomas S Boyland Streets. No injuries. Several arrests.@NY1 pic.twitter.com/e6fJlwjUai
— Amy Yensi (@amyyensi) August 18, 2019
Videos from Instagram showed the aftermath of the disturbance. The post read:
Just was in the middle of a riot on my way home from the deli. Cops beating people up, spraying people with mace, slamming people’s heads into car windshields.. i had permission to film the first guy pouring milk into his eyes, the concerned guy telling me to stop filming wasn’t aware.. but anyways #marcyprojects check out all the police running there was about 40 of them
update: someone was shooting at the cops from the roof across the street…
These attacks are not simply disorderly conduct. The continual disrespect of police is plunging us into a state of lawlessness. If the City does not respong and make it clear our police will be supported, our city will dissolve into chaos. https://t.co/ZKvaPNMz7C
— Assemblyman Colton (@AMWilliamColton) August 19, 2019
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