Theodore Roosevelt once wrote that “I have not the slightest sympathy with any policy which tends to put the policeman at the mercy of a tough, or which deprives him of efficient weapons.”
If Roosevelt, once an influential commissioner for the New York City Police Department, could see what the city and state of New York have done to his beloved department, there would be hell to pay. Thankfully, modern leaders in the NYPD world are fighting for their officers in the wake of a rash of attacks against law enforcement in the city.
The first instance happened earlier this week, with punks dumping buckets of water on two uniformed police officers.
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) July 22, 2019
These brazen and humiliating attacks only inspired more of the same. As cops patrol the city, there’s no telling where the next bucket of water will come from.
An even more recent attack caught on camera shows a bigger group drenching two officers, both of whom appear to be women.
MORE DISRESPECT: Additional video surfaces of jeering crowds dumps water on two (what appears to be female) #NYPD Officers who run away in shame. #BlueLivesMatter @NYCMayor @NYPDnews pic.twitter.com/skVKhSWM49
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) July 24, 2019
Although buckets of water seem harmless, they can damage personal property and impede a police officer’s job. Beyond that, they embolden criminals to take greater risks when harassing cops. It wouldn’t take much effort to replace the water with gasoline or commercially available acid.
The blame, according to Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch, can be laid right at the city and state’s doorstep.
“It’s not the fault of these police officers,” Lynch said. “It’s 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.”
If this is how New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio treats his own police, just imagine how bad things will get if he’s elected into the presidency — the highest executive position in the United States. If Lynch is right, things look like they’ll only be getting worse.
“We are approaching the point of no return,” he said. “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.”
And it looks like drawing a line is exactly what the NYPD is doing, regardless of de Blasio’s anti-cop leanings.
A recent development saw the man who dumped water on the officers in the original video arrested. NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan announced the arrest and confirmed that the suspect is a known gang member.
“Actions like we’ve seen in videos recently will NEVER be tolerated in this city,” Monahan tweeted. “YOU WILL BE ARRESTED.”
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