UPDATE: 9:23 a.m., Tuesday June 16, 2020
The New York Police Department says it has found “no criminality” after three officers became sick at a Shake Shack in downtown Manhattan.
That finding was announced via a tweet early Tuesday by Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison.
After a thorough investigation by the NYPD’s Manhattan South investigators, it has been determined that there was no criminality by shake shack’s employees.
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) June 16, 2020
CBS2 reports that according to their sources, it’s believed that the incident was accidental – and that it may have been from cleaning solution that wasn’t properly removed from the shake machine.
Editor note: We’ll keep you updated as this story develops – and you can send us information about what’s happening in your department or community at [email protected] Vetted information and sources will be kept confidential.
MANHATTAN, NY- On Monday night, three NYPD officers were rushed to the hospital after reportedly being sickened at a Shake Shack location in Manhattan.
Multiple officers at NYPD, who have asked that we keep their names confidential, informed us that the officers on a detail went to Shake Shack to get food.
All three reportedly got milkshakes.
After drinking them, they started noticing a bad taste, and reportedly started suffering from stomach pain.
What was believed to be either bleach or another corrosive cleaning agent was reportedly found inside the milkshakes.
We’re told that the entire store was locked down while employees were questioned.
All three officers were transported to the hospital and are being evaluated – they’ve since been treated and released.
Patrick J. Lynch, the President of the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, shared an alert, saying the incident happened at the Shake Shack location on Broadway and Fulton Street.
He advised that all officers carefully inspect any prepared food item they purchase while on duty for possible contamination.
“Whenever possible, take meal in groups of two or more, and remain vigilant for the duration fo the meal period.”
He shared his disgust during the investigation, believing at the time that it was an intentional move.
?URGENT SAFETY MESSAGE?
Tonight, three of our fellow officers were intentionally poisoned by one or more workers at the Shake Shack at 200 Broadway in Manhattan. Fortunately, they were not seriously harmed. Please see the safety alert⤵️ https://t.co/D8Lywivhdu
— Detectives' Endowment Association (@NYCPDDEA) June 16, 2020
“When New York City police officers can’t even take meal without coming under attack, it is clear that environment in which we work has deteriorated to a critical level.
“We cannot afford to let our guard down even for a moment. As always, look out for each other and remember our primary mission: everyone goes home EOT.”
Warning: More police confirm reports of groups in residential neighborhoods, taking photos of homes with police cars in driveways
WASHINGTON D.C. – Law enforcement officials from across the country have reached out to Law Enforcement Today asking us to warn police across America about a potential threat.
And since dropping the article on Monday morning, we’ve received word from numerous people letting us know they’ve seen similar suspicious activity in their communities.
We’ve spoken with countless officers in the past 12 hours from across the country – all of whom have reported that their departments have made internal changes over the past few days to ensure both the on-duty and off-duty safety of their officers.
Transparently – our team debated internally whether or not to cover this story. We are America’s largest law enforcement owned and operated media outlet, and we are unapologetically pro-police.
Although we don’t hesitate to call out and provide media coverage of bad apples, our priority is in giving the voice to law enforcement that they’re often denied in the mainstream media.
The last thing we want to do is put officers at risk by giving bad people ideas.
But soon after this threat started spreading like wildfire online, we had law enforcement from across the country reach out. They pointed out that the threat is already circulating.
Many have asked us to address it so that departments are aware of it and can take precautions to make changes, if they deem it necessary – especially given how quickly it’s circulating.
They made a valid point – it’s better to be aware of a potential danger and take precautions than to not know about it because of a national breakdown in communication.
It’s worth noting that we have NOT received any confirmation of this from the FBI. With that said, a number of agencies have confirmed for us off the record that they’re aware of it and are making internal changes. We’ve been asked for obvious reasons to not report which agencies they are.
Here’s what we’re told.
In a number of different communities in states ranging from California and Texas to Florida – reports have come in that small groups of individuals appear to be canvassing neighborhoods and taking pictures of homes that have police cruisers in the driveways.
“I can absolutely confirm this,” told us one police spokesman, who asked that his department be kept anonymous because of the threats. “We’ve received multiple reports throughout the weekend both in terms of phone calls and alerts that neighborhood residents are putting out on community watch apps.”
It comes as police are receiving direct, personal threats through social media, calls and emails.
“We and our children are receiving threats,” one police lieutenant told Law Enforcement Today.
The departments we spoke with said that they’re currently making policy changes so that take-home police cruisers are either garaged or – for now – left at the police departments.
“We expect danger when on the job,” said one sergeant. “But this is different. They are threatening to burn down our homes and kill our families.”
Officials have also told us that they’re instructing officers to make other changes, such as making sure uniforms aren’t hanging in personal vehicles while driving into work.
“Effective starting this past weekend, no police vehicles – including unmarked vehicles – will be brought up,” one Captain told Law Enforcement Today. “This isn’t to punish our guys – it’s to protect them and their families.”
Now, comes an era where calling for the defunding of law enforcement agencies and randomly assassinating police officers is apparently not good enough.
In a move that any rational person would deem despicable, radical leftists have begun a practice of doxxing these good public servants, which, of course, puts not only officers, but their spouses and children at risk.
This is not a new practice for the radical left. A congressional staffer for Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX) was arrested for making public the private information of Republican congressional members, aides and their families.
Doxxing, as it is commonly known, used to be the practice of divulging the true identity of someone using an alias online. Now it is much more serious.
Doxxing Warning: The Dept. Of Homeland Security issued a warning for police officers nationwide.
Personal information of officers are being leaked & posted online & could lead to targeted attacks.
Advised to take safety measures to protect personal info. ?#doxxing#ALERT pic.twitter.com/QDDZtCjumR
— ~Marietta✌ (@_MariettaDavis) June 11, 2020
Now leftists are leaking not only the identity of good law-abiding and law-upholding servants, but they are leaking their addresses, family details and encouraging harassment against, not only the officers, but their families as well.
As we’ve seen, harassment from the left has a way of turning violent very quickly.
Now, each and every time an officer leaves for work, not only does his family have to worry if he will make it safely home, they have to worry about keeping themselves safe while he is gone.
According to the New York Times, the Department of Homeland Security has issued unclassified documentation warning departments nationwide of the doxxing.
The Times said:
“The document warns that the effort, known as ‘doxxing,’ could lead to attacks by ‘violent opportunists or domestic violent extremists’ or could prevent law enforcement officials from carrying out their duties.”
Thanks to @AndrewCuomo and NY Democrats, police and corrections officers and their families are now subject to doxxing–and worse–physical harm.
This story is just the beginning.https://t.co/jPbeQGAyQZ
— New York GOP (@NewYorkGOP) June 12, 2020
The document specifically warns of big cities like Washington, Atlanta, Boston and New York having their officers’ personal information put out on social media, to include home addresses, email addresses and phone numbers, but said several other locations throughout the country face the same possibility.
The document also said:
“At least one of the police commissioners was targeted for his alleged support of the use of tear gas to disperse protests.”
In 2018, the PAWS act became law in the United States. It was enacted to protect the victims of domestic violence et al and their pets. Stalking and threatening were also covered in this act. It’s a good law to have, as often abusers will use a pet to gain control over their victim.
Allowing violent gangs to stalk police officers and their families should warrant at least the same kind of scrutiny. The child of a police officer deserves the same protection that the police officer provides to domestic violence victims.
This latest move by this leftist faction is dangerous to our men and women in blue for a myriad of reasons. The first and most obvious is the threat to their physical safety from these mindless marauding bands of basement dwellers.
— Jeff Dunetz (@yidwithlid) June 13, 2020
The second is more subtle, but just as toxic: When these officers defend their homes, defend their families, their children and their neighbors using deadly force, what will be repercussions be?
Will the silent majority, who defend and respect the police, stay silent or will they finally reach deep inside and find the courage to defend these officers who are the thin line, a thin blue line between the law abiding citizens of this country and the criminal elements who seek to destroy?
We need to and must work to get laws passed to stop this heinous behavior, but that will take time. In the interim, there are things officers and their families can do to stay a bit safer.
Take a look at a military OPSEC. Here are some simple rules that the military uses, modified just a bit:
- Do not post information about your assignments, unit assignments, precinct assignments or task forces on social media.
- Don’t “check in” on Facebook and Instagram when you are out in public.
- Don’t post what your husband/wife/father/daughter is doing at work and why you are proud of them.
- Don’t ask for “thoughts and prayers” when your officer has a dangerous assignment.
- Encourage your children to refrain from repeatedly posting location information. Shake up the routine a little bit. Be aware.
Brothers and Sisters in arms, stay safe out there and stay safe at home.
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