Rudy Giuliani lashed out at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after videos surfaced of people throwing water and objects at NYPD officers, with Giuliani predicting that the situation “will only get worse until these left-wing idiots are defeated.”
De Blasio has condemned as “completely unacceptable” the actions captured in several videos showing people in Harlem and Brooklyn targeting uniformed officers by dumping and splashing water on them and, in one case, throwing a plastic bucket at an officer’s head.
“We won’t tolerate this kind of disrespect,” de Blasio added. “NYPD is investigating.”
Still, Giuliani believes de Blasio and his policies are to blame.
“This disrespect for the uniform in NYC is result of a Democrat-Progressive (Retrogressive)-Socialist Mayor,” Giuliani wrote on Twitter, adding, “This is what happens with knee-jerk disrespect for police.”
This disrespect for the uniform in NYC is result of a Democrat-Progressive (Retrogressive)-Socialist Mayor. This is what happens with knee-jerk disrespect for police. It will only get worse until these Left wing idiots are defeated.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) July 23, 2019
‘Torrent of Bad Policies’
New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Patrick J. Lynch also had words of rebuke for the city’s leadership.
“Our anti-cop lawmakers have gotten their wish: the NYPD is now frozen,” Lynch said in a statement on Monday, July 22.
“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.”
“We are approaching the point of no return,” Lynch warned. “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.”
The union president said officers cannot be expected to sit idly by as they face physical attacks.
“In situations like this, we need to take action to protect ourselves and the public,” Lynch said. “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.”
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan also denounced the attacks on the officers, saying, “The videos of cops being doused with water and having objects hurled at them as they made an arrest in Harlem is 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
Two incidents recently captured on video show four on-duty officers breaking up unruly gatherings around open fire hydrants during a recent heatwave. Police are seen in the footage being soaked themselves as onlookers jeer.
In one of the videos, someone could be seen throwing a bucket at an officer in the middle of an arrest, striking him in the head.
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) July 22, 2019
Other videos show two officers getting a drenching as they walk down a Brooklyn street.
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) July 22, 2019
“Who does that in their right frame of mind?” one police source asked the New York Post. “People who believe there’s no consequences. There’s total anarchy out there.”
“Today it’s a bucket of water,” a department supervisor told the Post. “Tomorrow it could be a bucket of cement.”
NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said there would be consequences for targeting officers, saying that, “Although the police department is working on building relationships with the community, there is a line that cannot be crossed.”
“Police officers have the difficult job of protecting their communities and will not be disrespected while doing so,” he added.
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDChiefPatrol) July 23, 2019
Chief Monahan offered guidance to officers, saying: “Use your discretion—make arrests when necessary—and know that you have our support and full confidence. Thank you for what you do day in and day out. Please stay safe.”
‘Point of No Return’
The NYPD has circulated a memo throughout the department, confirming civilians could face charges of harassment, disorderly conduct, or other crimes if they splash water on officers.
“[This applies] where an individual intentionally sprays or douses a member of service with water while performing their duties,” the memo said according to the Associated Press (AP).
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. https://t.co/iZSXmB6PBG
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) July 22, 2019
Chief Monahan revealed the department wants to make arrests in both cases. He described one case as a potential assault on an officer doing his duty, while the other was a failure of officers to respond to provocation.
“[In Brooklyn] someone thought it was all right and take a bucket of water and toss it over a cop’s head,” Monahan said according to AP. “That’s not all right—any cop who thinks that’s all right, that they can walk away from something like that, maybe should consider whether or not that this is the profession for them.”
Monahan on Wednesday shared images of the individuals wanted for assault, writing, “Every New Yorker should be disgusted by the suspects’ illegal behavior.”
These are the individuals who are WANTED for assaulting our officers in #Harlem while they were making an arrest. Every New Yorker should be disgusted by the suspects’ illegal behavior. If you know who or where they are, call @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS. https://t.co/q5FdIatU2l pic.twitter.com/mXQiLklHmi
— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) July 23, 2019
The chief asked the public for anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects to contact the authorities.