New York Police Benevolent Association Patrick Lynch issued a statement in response to a series of videos posted to social media on Monday showing brazen young men approaching police officers conducting their patrol duties and dousing them with buckets of water.
Lynch said in a statement, "Our anti-cop lawmakers have gotten their wish: the NYPD is now frozen. It's not the fault of these police officers. 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."
The statement continued, "We are approaching a 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. 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."
Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association said in a statement that the liquid in those buckets may have contained water but could at some point contain bleach, gasoline, or some other toxic substance."