Originally published at: OUT OF CONTROL: Crowd Throws ‘Gallon of Milk’ at NYPD Officers Responding to a Fire | Sean Hannity
Bystanders hurled a gallon of milk at NYPD officers responding to a braze in the Bronx this week; raising more questions about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s relationship with the department and law enforcement unions.
Video emerged on social media with the caption ‘F*** the Police.’ The unruly crowd then tossed what appeared to be a container of milk at the officers as they assisted the Fire Department.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 5, 2019
Similar videos went viral on social media earlier this year, prompting lawmakers in Albany to propose legislation making similar attacks a mandatory felony.
“It’s a serious offense, but people want to shrug it off and say it’s no big deal,” State Assemblyman Mike LiPetri told Fox News.
“LiPetri and other Republicans are introducing a bill that would make throwing or spraying water ‘or any other substance’ on a police officer a class E felony and punishable by up to four years in jail. The bill came in response to viral videos last month which showed people dousing NYPD officers with water, including one man throwing an empty bucket that hit an officer in the head,” adds Fox.
“Right now we’re lacking common sense in New York state it seems. Both sides of the aisle should agree with this. Ultimately, if you’re for safe communities, you’re for this bill,” he added.
“Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie threw cold water on talk of legislation that would charge thugs with a felony for drenching cops with buckets of water,” reports the New York Post. “Outraged Republican state lawmakers introduced the bill late last month following a series of dousing incidents of NYPD officers in Harlem, The Bronx and Queens.”
“Police officers should be respected, no one should be dousing them with water, particularly when they are in the midst of doing their jobs,” Heastie said. “But I don’t know if always proposing new penalties and laws [is the answer] . . . I think on the positive end, we should continue to try and establish more of a community and police response. I think that’s more beneficial instead of always saying, ‘We are going to lock people up.’”