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Trump Calls On Mayor To 'Act Immediately' After NYPD Officers Drenched

July 25, 2019 - 3:21 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — President Donald Trump on Thursday addressed the recent attacks on NYPD officers, during which they were doused with water and had objects thrown at them while on duty in Harlem and Brownsville.

“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,” the president tweeted.

In one incident over the weekend, video showed a group of people throwing water at officers who were handcuffing a suspect on the hood of a car in Harlem. One person is also seen throwing a red bucket, hitting one of the officers in the head.

In another incident in Brooklyn, two police officers were seen walking away from a crowd with their heads down as they were mocked, laughed at and drenched with water.

“It is time for @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio to STAND UP for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well,” Trump wrote of the attacks. “What took place was completely unacceptable, and will not be tolerated. Bill de Blasio should act immediately!”

Mayor Bill de Blasio quickly fired back at the president saying Trump "knows NOTHING about his hometown."

"Here are the facts: New York City is the safest big city in America — and we got there because our NYPD officers and our communities worked together to drive crime to all-time lows. That’s real work that we’ve done that ACTUALLY protects our officers," the mayor wrote. 

De Blasio added that Trump "should get off Twitter and stick to what he’s good at: watching TV when he claims to be working."

The president’s comments come one day after another video surfaced on social media showing two female officers having buckets of water thrown at them as they walked on patrol. It’s unclear where that incident took place.

The officers can be seen running away from the group of attackers.

Police and other local officers have expressed outrage over the incidents.

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."

Mayor de Blasio earlier this week called the attacks “completely unacceptable.”

On Wednesday, police announced that three suspects had been taking into custody in connection to the water dousing attacks. Monahan said one is a 28-year-old "known gang member."

PBA President Patrick Lynch blamed the attacks on anti-police rhetoric and called 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.”

“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,” Lynch said.

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