NYPD's O’Neill Wants ‘Consequences’ For Disrespecting Officers

Rich Lamb
September 06, 2019 - 4:31 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill believes there should be “consequences” for those who disrespect police officers, including the man who recently threw a container of milk at an officer in the Bronx.

“This isn’t something that just started happening in 2019. We’ve been dealing with this for a long time and I’m glad it’s come to the surface,” Commissioner O’Neill said on WFAN. “There has to be consequences for disrespecting police officers.”

O’Neill was referring to the latest incident in the Bronx in which a man hurled an open container of milk on a uniformed officer who was helping to evacuate a burning building in the Bronx on Tuesday.

“If you're going to disrespect a cop, and it's criminal or if it's a violation, chances are you're probably gonna get locked up, either then or when we conduct the investigation. But it's gotta stop,” O’Neill said.

Asked on whether certain communities have an attitudinal problem toward police, the commissioner said he did not want to make a “generalization,” adding that certain individuals have a “disdain” for cops.

The latest incident follows a summer in which multiple officers were attacked on the streets of New York City by residents throwing buckets of water and other pieces of debris at them.