NYPD bosses are flooding with anger after several videos surfaced online of police officers being doused with water by lawless derelicts – and in one case, hit in the head with a bucket while trying to make an arrest.
The city’s biggest police union on Monday said New York politicians and their “anti-police rhetoric” were to blame.
In an article by Thomas Tracy, Rocco Parascandola, and John Annese in the New York Daily News, video was posted showing officers being pelted with water, one having a bucket of water dumped over his head, and another hit by a bucket. These attacks happened in Brooklyn, Harlem, and Manhattan, and left officers angry and humiliated.
Several videos of these attacks have surfaced, and police are incensed.
“Everybody’s outraged,” an NYPD source said. “It’s disgusting, embarrassing. There’s lawlessness around here now.”
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) July 22, 2019
NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan posted a still image of the ricocheting bucket on his Twitter account, where he called the video “reprehensible.”
The videos of cops being doused with water and having objects hurled at them as they made an arrest in #Harlem is reprehensible. NYC’s cops & communities have made remarkable progress — together — but EVERY New Yorker MUST show respect for our cops. They deserve nothing less. pic.twitter.com/mPtPPbUSGZ
— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) July 22, 2019
“NYC’s cops & communities have made remarkable progress — together — but EVERY New Yorker MUST show respect for our cops. They deserve nothing less,” he wrote.
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Patrick J. Lynch, the president of the NYPD Police Benevolent Association called the water bucket attacks “the end result of the torrent of bad policies and anti-police rhetoric that has been streaming out of City Hall and Albany for years now. We are approaching the point of no return. Disorder controls the streets, and our elected leaders refuse to allow us to take them back.
As police officers, we need to draw a line. In situations like this, we need to take action to protect ourselves and the public. The politicians may not care about the dangerous levels of chaos in our neighborhoods, but police officers and decent New Yorkers should not be forced to suffer.”
In one video, the person taking the footage is shouting and cursing, encouraging the young men who were assaulting officers. The police officers in each video showed incredible restraint and didn’t strike back at their attackers – perhaps that is the trap these people were trying to set.
In an even more violent attack on police, PBA President Lynch erupted in reaction to the exceptionally light sentencing of a man who dragged a police officer with his car.
Brooklyn teenager Justin Murrell, who dragged a cop for blocks in a stolen car, was sentenced to only 16 months to 4 years in prison last week – Murrell drug Officer Dalsh Veve. Veve hit his head, suffered severe brain damage, and now requires 24-hour care. Veve spent almost a year in rehab, and still can’t speak in complete sentences or walk on his own.
“I’ve never been so angry in my entire life. I’ve never sat in a courtroom where a judge sat and looked at a police officer confined to a wheelchair, heard the [wife] speak of how their lives have changed,” PBA President Pat Lynch said afterwards.
His anger was echoed by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez:
“Officer Veve put his life on the line for the people of Brooklyn when he responded to a call of shots fired. This defendant then callously dragged Officer Veve at a high rate of speed for several blocks, showing an appalling and intentional disregard for human life. Officer Veve suffered catastrophic injuries from which he will never recover.”
I’ve rarely been more outraged, mainly because I can easily see this escalating rapidly unless checks and balances are in place. Once it turns to a game and no one respects officers, their lives are essentially worthless.
These are stunning videos, and anyone in law enforcement and anyone who is a law-abiding citizen should be angry beyond belief. One clip even shows a soaked cop getting beaned in the back of the head with an empty red plastic bucket while the cop and his partner were handcuffing a suspect on the hood of a car.
One supervising officer relayed, “Today it’s buckets of water, next time it’s buckets of cement,” referring to an incident where a bucket of plaster was dropped from a high-ride window onto the head of a housing authority officer, killing him.
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) July 22, 2019
Brothers Before Others, a national organization that supports law enforcement, put out a scathing press release – pointing the finger at failed leadership.
“Make no mistake, these officers were only protecting their livelihoods by not attempting to take the necessary and needed police action in the current City of New York atmosphere and command structure. We expect nothing less from the shell of a cop who is now, at best, described as a puppet, Commissioner James O’Neill.
However, for uniformed leadership like Chief of the Department Terence Monahan, and Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison, these are your men and women who now simply walk away as victims of Aggravated Assault because of your cowardice leadership and lack of command support.
We also praise the work of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and the Sergeants Benevolent Association for calling out the Mayor and Police Commissioner for their lackluster leadership, we stand with you.
For those who question these officers actions, we can agree that honor has no price tag. What needed to be done, regardless of gutless supervision, and a weighted system, still should have been done, but bare with us here.
These thugs who attacked these officers had the willingness and perception that they could assault uniformed officers in broad daylight and, had these officers appropriately defended themselves and attempted to arrest these individuals, they would have resisted necessitating force.
The media would have then portrayed the officers as aggressive because “it was only water”. The mayor would have condemned the officers judgement having never worn a uniform as overzealous.”
Brothers Before Others points out that the leadership failed from the top down and it’s leading to complete lawlessness.
“The District Attorney would have dropped all charges, and the civilian and civil complaints would have run rampant in search of the NYPD lotto payday. All the while, NYPD leadership would have likely walked silent.
We at Brothers Before Others, will always live up to our mission, where by, taking care of each other. As a result, we will be better able to take care of the public we serve. These videos are a travesty, but a true picture of the decline of modern day society within the City of New York under Mayor William de Blasio.”
They then call for the NYPD Commissioner to resign:
“Commissioner O’Neill needs to step down as he no longer commands the confidence and respect of, not only the rank and file of the NYPD, but also the members of law enforcement across the nation.
As for the top uniformed members on the NYPD, CoD Chief Monahan, and CoP Chief Harrison, we suggest the next time you pin those 4 stars to the uniform you proclaim to honor, and square your hat away, you take a second and reach lower and ensure you have a pair prior to attempting to lead your department.
Because, from the outside looking in, it’s becoming harder to tell. To the Men and Women of the NYPD, stand strong and stand tall. We are with you. Honor doesn’t have a price tag, and the law is on our side. We have use of force guidance and training for a reason.
Articulate why we take action and justify the necessary force needed to achieve such ends. The sun sets quickly on faux leadership who are more concerned with perception and politics then law and order. Never forget that YOU are the backbone of the NYPD. Stand together, stand strong, honor yourselves and your oath.”
Local and state leadership needs to band together with the entire police department and put a stop to this before it turns routinely deadly. A brick, a rock, or a pipe is just as easy to pick up as a bucket of water. It’s time to regain control of the streets.