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Report: Suspect In Custody, 2 Others Sought After Officers Doused With Water

July 23, 2019 - 7:25 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Police reportedly have one person in custody and are searching for two others after videos surfaced showing NYPD officers being doused with water in Harlem over the weekend.

The suspect’s identity was not immediately released and charges are pending.

ABC7 first reported the arrest just hours after police released photos of three men sought in connection to the assaults.

One video that surfaced on social media shows a group of people throwing water at officers who were handcuffing a suspect on the hood of a car in Harlem. One person throws a red bucket, hitting one of the officers in the head.

In another incident in Brooklyn, the Daily News reports two police officers responding to reports of an unruly crowd walked away with their heads down as they were mocked, laughed at and drenched with water.

In both incidents, the officers do not react.

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan called the incidents "reprehensible."

In a follow up message to New York's Finest, Monahan told officers to "use your discretion — make arrests when necessary — and know that you have our support and full confidence."

A new department-wide memo tells NYPD officers not to tolerate the type of behavior caught on the viral videos.

The memo says they are not expected to tolerate conduct that may cause risk of injury to themselves or the public, interferes with performance of their duties, or tampers with or damages their uniform, equipment or other department property.

The memo also lists the charges officers can arrest people for in those situations.

Monahan on Tuesday vowed to find those responsible saying.

"We have good information," he said adding, "We will identify who was involved and arrests will be made cause that is not acceptable."

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attacks "completely unacceptable."

PBA President Patrick Lynch blames the attacks on anti-police rhetoric.

"The NYPD is now frozen," Lynch said. "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."

He added, "Disorder controls the streets and our elected leaders refuse to allow us to take them back."

Pointing to a third video Tuesday showing two police officers being threatened by subway rider, Lynch demanded stronger laws "to address the lawlessness on our streets."

“We are calling on City Hall and Albany to roll back the existing policies that have emboldened criminals, and to create meaningful penalties for anyone who harasses or interferes with a police officer in the course of his or her official duties," Lynch said. "At a minimum, there should be a felony charge for assaulting a police officer by throwing or spraying water or any other substance, and a misdemeanor charge for the attempt to do so. It’s time for lawmakers to take a stand against disorder, on behalf of their constituents and the cops who protect them.”

Ed Mullins, president of the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, is calling on NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill to resign.

"The politically-motivated agend of Commissioner O'Neill puts all police officers in harm's way and makes what was once the proudest police department in the world a laughingstock," Mullins said.