NYPD officers are searching for a suspect that reportedly hurled a “chunk of concrete” at police officers during a concert in Manhattan’s iconic Central Park; arresting another man who threw glass bottles at local law enforcement.
“A sergeant was standing with other officers near the Bethesda Fountain at about 4 p.m. Sunday during a concert when the fist-sized piece of concrete smashed into a tree three feet from the cops, police sources said Monday,” reports the New York Post. “No one saw who threw the concrete. Sources said there was a large number of people in that area of the park for a concert.”
“In a separate incident, five cops were injured earlier on Sunday when a 28-year-old man chucked bottles at police as they tried to break up a party of about 100 people around 2 a.m. in the Bronx, sources said,” adds the Post.
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Original Story: July 31, 2019
The New York Police Department released new footage Wednesday of another attack -this time in Queens- showing police officers being doused with water.
“The most recent incident in Queens has compelled lawmakers to announce a new bill that cracks down on anyone who disrespects the badge,” reports CBS New York. “Police are on the hunt for a person caught on camera throwing water at traffic cops, who are seen just doing their jobs on a corner in Woodhaven.”
“There have been at least four separate cases in recent weeks of citizens showing contempt for officers, prompting some fed-up lawmakers to say enough is enough. They want anyone who does it to go to jail,” adds the website.
New York lawmakers introduced legislation this week that would make it a felony to douse Police Officers with water; a direct response after multiple videos went viral showing members of the NYPD attacked with buckets during the recent heatwave.
“This is disgraceful,” Assemblyman Mike LiPetri of Long Island said of the incidents. “The men and women in blue are people in our neighborhoods. Let us not forget that these officers took a sacred oath … We believe it is time that we return to a society that understands the fundamental belief in right versus wrong.”
President Trump weighed-in on the controversy last week, writing “We love our Law Enforcement Officers all around this great Country. What took place in NYC with water being tossed on NYPD officers was a total disgrace. It is time for @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio to STAND UP for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well.”