NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - The union that represents rank-and-file cops is fuming and the NYPD brass is outraged after videos surfaced showing police officers blatantly disrespected on the streets on New York.
The videos show at least two separate incidents in two different parts of the city showing restraint while doing their jobs but clearly insulted and frustrated by water and objects tossed at them.
In one clip, people throw buckets of water on officers who are making an arrest in Harlem. An empty bucket hits one cop in the head while his partner is handcuffing a suspect.
Another video taken in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn shows officers walking as they are drenched with water. Reports indicate that the cops may have been responding to a rowdy crowd.
The PBA issued a statement blaming Mayor de Blasio's administration.
"We are approaching the point of no return. Disorder controls the streets, and our elected leaders refuse to allow us to take them back," PBA president Patrick Lynch said in a statement. "As police officers, we need to draw a line. In situations like this, we need to take action to protect ourselves and the public."
When the videos were made is not clear but appear to be from the recent heatwave.
NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan called the videos "reprehensible."
"The videos of cops being doused with water and having objects hurled at them as they made an arrest in #Harlem is reprehensible," Monahan tweeted. "NYC's cops & communities have made remarkable progress — together — but EVERY New Yorker MUST show respect for our cops. They deserve nothing less."
In an appearance on NY1 on Monday, de Blasio called the incident in Brownsville "non-confrontational" while saying what happened in Harlem is clearly disgraceful.