Videos have emerged of New Yorkers who spray police officers with water and make fun of them in two cases in Brooklyn and Harlem.
The videos surfaced on Monday and were convicted by the city, police and union officials.
In the Brooklyn video, two officers are sprayed with a water hose as they walk back to their patrol car. A man comes from behind and throws a bucket of water at an officer.
The spectators laugh and make fun of the two officers. A woman can be heard exclaiming: "They raped them!"
In Harlem, a crowd boos and tarnishes two officers while trying to make an arrest. A person in the crowd throws a bucket that hits an officer in the head.
Patrick Lynch of the New York City Police Benevolent Association, the largest New York police union, said elected officials who beat the police share the blame for this misconduct and the attack on the police.
"Our lawmakers against the police have gotten their wish: the New York police are frozen," Lynch said in a statement. "It is not the fault of these policemen. It is the end result of the torrent of bad policies and the anti-police rhetoric that has been leaving City Hall and Albany for years … We are approaching the point of no return."
New York police chief Terence Monahan condemned the copying behavior on Twitter.
"Videos of policemen who spray themselves with water and throw objects at them while making an arrest in #Harlem are reprehensible," Monahan wrote on Twitter. "The cops and communities of New York City have made remarkable progress, together, but EVERY New Yorker MUST show respect for our cops. They deserve nothing less."
Police videos were sprayed with water and objects thrown at them when they made an arrest in #Harlem It's reprehensible The cops and communities of New York City 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
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democratic presidential candidate, said the behavior is "completely unacceptable."
"The New York police kept New Yorkers safe during the heat wave and the blackouts last night. We will not tolerate this kind of disrespect. The New York police are investigating," de Blasio wrote.
Completely unacceptable. A video of Precinct 28 shows people who interfere in an arrest by throwing water and objects at the officers. New York City police kept New Yorkers safe during the heat wave and blackouts last night. We will not tolerate this kind of disrespect. The New York police are investigating. https://t.co/3Yg7f0eAs8
– Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor)
July 22, 2019