After several videos surfaced of New Yorkers throwing buckets of water on NYPD officers, a community in Brooklyn banded together to show their support and respect for the officers who have sworn to protect them each day.
One video, posted to Instagram, shows a bystander dumping a full bucket of water on two officers who, according to WLNY, were responding to a report of disorderly conduct in Brooklyn.
Another video shows NYPD officers making an arrest in Harlem while being doused with buckets of water and dodging flying buckets.
“The videos of cops being doused with water and having objects hurled at them as they made an arrest in #Harlem is reprehensible,” Chief Terence Monahan wrote on Twitter.
“NYC’s cops & communities have made remarkable progress — together — but EVERY New Yorker MUST show respect for our cops. They deserve nothing less.”
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
Even Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the disrespectful acts on July 22, 2019.
“Throwing things at NYPD officers is not only not acceptable, it can lead to charges,” he said. “All of those actions can lead to charges.”
New York resident Kenny Altidor saw the heartbreaking news and knew that others in his community shared the same amount of respect that he has for police officers; he regularly uses his artistic talent to paint portraits and murals to honor fallen officers.
— Kenny Altidor Brooklyn Ambassador (@AltidorKenny) July 5, 2019
On Friday, July 26, Altidor put out a call on Twitter for people in his community to band together and show their support toward NYPD officers.
“I’m inviting all the community leaders, youth, and friends to join me this Saturday July 27th 2019 at 1pm in Flatlands Ave corner east 78th St on a new challenge,” he wrote. “We don’t throw water at Police Officers, we wash their cars with it.”
The community stepped up to the call.
Thank you to all of our volunteers for helping create the bridge between the cops and the community. pic.twitter.com/vIiD7bErWK
— Kenny Altidor Brooklyn Ambassador (@AltidorKenny) July 28, 2019
Volunteers of all ages gathered together to show respect and say thank you to NYPD officers on Saturday afternoon.
The 69th Precinct later shared photos from the event on Twitter and expressed their gratitude. “We are proud and privileged to serve and protect you!” the tweet said.
Thank you @AltidorKenny for bringing #Canarsie together for this wonderful event. Thank you @SenatorPersaud @GGbrazel @MoonsamCecil, Councilman Maisel, our #youth and entire #community. What a great gesture to wash our cars! We are proud and privileged to serve and protect you! pic.twitter.com/96ImQI5wDw
— NYPD 69th Precinct (@NYPD69Pct) July 27, 2019
“It’s a thankless job,” Commanding Officer Terrell Anderson of the 69th Precinct told News 12 Brooklyn. “But when you get the community to say ‘Thank you’ and to show their support, it just makes it that much easier to do a difficult job.”
The Western Journal has reached out to Kenny Altidor for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.
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