3 NYPD Cops Injured In Melee As Residents Fire Guns From Rooftops

Three NYPD officers were injured in the incident that resulted when police tried to break up a group.

Brooklyn, NY – Three New York Police Department (NYPD) officers were injured on Aug. 18 when community members turned on police who were breaking up a gathering at the Marcy House apartment project.

Several hours of chaos erupted after police responded to the annual “Marcy Day” celebration at about 11 p.m. on Aug. 17 for complaints about a large group of drunk people, the New York Post reported.

Things got violent after officers tried to make an arrest.

NYPD said the crowd turned on them, and bottles and other debris were thrown at and dropped on officers from the Marcy House rooftop and windows, the New York Post reported.

Police deployed pepper spray in an effort to disperse the crowd but the people got even more hostile and unruly at that point.

One of the officers who was injured was head-butted by a teen whom police caught with a can of pepper spray, the New York Post reported.

Guillermo Lopez, 17, was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer for the head-butt.

At about 12:15 p.m., somebody on a rooftop fired six or seven gunshots into the air, causing officers to run for the roofs of the buildings to try and make an apprehension.

Then the crowd broke up into smaller groups that continued heckling and taunting police for a few more hours.

Officers made four arrests over the course of the evening and issued 11 citations for disorderly conduct, the New York Post reported. The last arrest was made at almost 3 a.m., the New York Post reported.

The three officers who were injured were taken to the hospital for treatment.

One officer had to be carried off on a gurney by medics and another required 12 stitches in his arm, the New York Post reported.

A bystander posted video of the incident to Instagram that showed people who had been pepper-sprayed standing on sidewalks having milk poured in their eyes as more police arrived and headed into the fray.

“How are cops supposed to do our job in this environment? When will @NYPDNews or @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio stand up & say enough is enough? Chaos is running the streets. This is outrageous — we’re lucky it wasn’t worse,” the police union posted on Twitter.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was conspicuously absent in the wake of the melee, the New York Post reported.

The mayor spent that weekend campaigning for President in other states and finally tweeted about the near-riots in Brooklyn late on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s really simple: anyone who attacks our NYPD officers WILL be caught and WILL pay the consequences,” de Blasio posted. “An investigation is underway into last night’s incidents in Brooklyn. If you have ANY information, please contact the NYPD IMMEDIATELY.”

But NYPD sources told Blue Lives Matter that the mayor’s tweet is an empty threat from him and said the problem with attacks on police officers – like the water assaults on police officers in recent weeks – is that people have been emboldened by de Blasio’s anti-police rhetoric.

They also said that they expect the frequency of assaults on police to increase because the mayor and NYPD Police Commissioner O’Neill have set them up as targets by failing to lead the department.

He told Blue Lives Matter that the leadership’s words and actions have told the criminal element in the community that officers can’t do anything in return when they’re assaulted.

At a press conference that Monday after the commissioner announced the firing of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in connection with the death of Eric Garner, Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Patrick Lynch said the police department is completely “rudderless.”

Officer Pantaleo was cleared by a grand jury and a federal investigation but Commissioner O’Neill fired him anyway at the recommendation of an administrative trial judge.

“Turn the flag upside down - we’re in distress,” Lynch said. “The captain has jumped ship,” Lynch continued. “The mayor told him to do it. And the streets are falling to chaos.”

Comments (51)
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overwatcher
overwatcher

Being an "idea man" I have a solution for crowd control, especially in areas surrounded by buildings. Now send me money for this. It would only take one person and he or she could perform it from a safe distance. Arm a heavy duty drone with nozzles spraying the strongest pepper spray possible that would produce a fog of spray and the spray would contain yellow dye. Quickly a whole block could be made miserable. Use another drone with a more directed spray to chase those heathens running away. And both drones would have cameras for navigation and identification.

redpill
redpill

I think a week of blue-flu would have them begging on their hands and knees

K-9 319
K-9 319

The only trouble with that is the people would claim that the drones are racist because they are only taking pictures of them.

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

I think it's time for the NYPD officers just start looking for work elsewhere.

overwatcher
overwatcher

What isn't racist? The racist list grows longer every day. Even nice lawns are racist according to The Washington Post, along with Pumpkin Lattes from Starbucks.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

It is going to get worse.

shooter
shooter

Message to NY police:

Just stop responding to calls for service.

If a misdemeanor occurs right in front of you, just ignore it.

If dispatch tries to send you on a call, just ignore it.

If a citizen tries to flag you down and they are not bleeding, just ignore it.

Don't conduct any traffic stops.

Assist only if another officer needs backup.

Don't take any law enforcement action unless it is a possible felony and happens right in front of you as you are driving or walking around town.

Oh...one more thing...look for another job. If you want to stay in law enforcement, move out of the state...not just the city.

That is all.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I'm not sure why Pantaleo is mentioned in this article. This incident took place August 18th, Pantaleo was fired August 19th.

Aramovich
Aramovich

So much for NYC's vaunted gun control. Where did the gun come from? Oh yeah, somewhere else like Texas (where this kind of stuff does not happen).

CitizenCare
CitizenCare

I genuinely curious what drives any person to want this job. You are damned if you do and damned if you don't. Now your being picked off like freaking deer. Please fight back. Or boycott and see if the community can police themselves. Fuck em

Bstn
Bstn

To Di Blaso & O'Neil...this is your legacy..Di Blaso give up your wishes of Presidency cuz the country knows you are an ass who is destroying one of Americas most famous cities, you are anti-police and pander to criminals, and its pathetically sad! O'Neil for someone who worked his way up from street cop you sure forgot what its like & what it takes to be a cop, your firing of your cleared officer shows you too kiss ass to the criminal element in the city and politics is a fine line when Commish and you obviously are too weak of a Cop to tell Di Blaso, who has no knowledge of law enforcement that he is wrong & you won't be his puppet. You both need to find new jobs befote blue blood is on ypur hands, oh wait..you already have several NYPD Officers blood on your hands..NYPD time to say "NO MORE" and demand a change in NYPD & the city's leadersnip. You officers have our support and prayers for your safety!

MSK
MSK

Joke of the week, DeBlasio saying that there would “be consequences” for those caught attacking cops. What are the consequences you cop hating a-hole? You gonna have a parade for the thugs through the Canyon of Heroes and give them the key to the city? Quit and go away and take O’Niell with you before more cops are killed or injured.

Farmer
Farmer

NYC should pass draconian gun laws that prohibit the ownership of weapons .... oops, never mind, my bad.

Anomie88
Anomie88

Today, I will not answer the radio call that there is an active shooter in your child’s school. Today, I will not answer the radio call that your boyfriend or husband has come home drunk and is beating you again. Today, I will not answer the radio call that your 16 year old daughter, who is very responsible, is four hours late coming home from school. Today, I will not answer the radio call that your store has been robbed or your house has been burglarized. Today, I will not stop a drunk driver from killing someone. I will not catch a rapist or a murderer or a car thief. Today, I won’t investigate the person peeping in your windows at 3 AM when you are asleep. Today, I won’t find your teenage child or college student stranded on the side of the rode without cell phone reception or injured in a crash on a secluded road. Today, I won’t perform CPR on your mother or father. Today, I will not answer the radio call that a man has a gun or tried to abduct a child or that someone has been stabbed or is trapped in a burning building and is need of rescue. Today, I will not save your child that you locked in a car or the child you were too busy to watch who went outside and fell into the swimming pool, but that I revived. No, today I will not do that. Why? Today, I was suspended from duty for doing my job, because the media, a community organizer, a lawyer who formally represented terrorists and a mayor or governor or congress person who ran on an anti-police agenda, who are afraid to tell people how it really is AND all who know nothing about policing, have vilified my profession. Or today, I was killed by a drunk driver while I was helping push a disabled car off the highway. I was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop to simply tell someone that they had a taillight out. I was killed in a traffic accident rushing to help a citizen. I was shot and killed serving a warrant on a known drug dealer. I was killed by a man when I came by to do a welfare check because his family was too busy. I was killed trying to stop a bank robbery or a grocery store robbery. I was ambushed checking a house or a business or a school. I was ambushed by people who have heeded the anti-police rhetoric and want lawlessness to succeed. I was killed doing my job. A chaplain and an officer will go to a house and tell a mom and dad or a wife or husband or a child that their son or daughter or husband or wife or father or mother won't be coming home today. The flags at many police stations were flown at half-mast today, but most people won't know why. There will be a funeral and my fellow officers will come, a twenty-one-gun salute will be given, and taps and bagpipes will be played as I am laid to rest. My name will be put on a plaque, on a wall, in a building, in a city somewhere. A folded flag will be placed on a mantel or a bookcase in a home somewhere and a family will mourn. There will be no cries for justice. There will be no riots in the streets. There will be no officers marching, screaming “no justice, no peace” because that would be “racist.” No citizens will scream that something must be done because that wouldn’t be part of the social agenda. No windows will be smashed, no cars burned, no stones thrown, no names called. Only a lonely someone crying themselves to sleep tonight will be the only sign that I was cared about and that I am missed. I was a police officer.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

How many Officers injured or killed before you understand that in too many major cities gutless politicians have turned their backs on you? How many families are destroyed because you have not woken to the reality that you're fighting a war you cannot win. Understand me. I am as Pro-LEO as they get but I see the truth. Just Walk Away. This is not a worthwhile future for you or your family. There are other jobs with far less stress and risk. Put the burden on the community that has not stood ground for you.

gfc1963
gfc1963

The 13%ers acting as usual.

Ralphie_Boy
Ralphie_Boy

It's called, Taking back the streets from the animals!

Woobie46
Woobie46

SHOOT BACK! STOP TRYING FOR ARRESTS AND KILL THOSE WHO WOULD KILL YOU!

Marine.001
Marine.001

Time to have a real life Purge. Each state should have one. I guarantee we could clean up the streets ourselves. Come on Trump or next Pres, we want to Purge

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

These people responsible are truly pieces of shit.

Sammyboy2018
Sammyboy2018

These punks need to be taught a good lesson.Water cannons will sweep all the little chicken's off the street! Have the Mayor stand there with them!

Nancydustin
Nancydustin

Get the dam BLACKS out of this country once and for all

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

I don't recall Giuliani's New York having these problems.

JeffJ57
JeffJ57

I thought guns were illegal in New York City? Somebody needs to inform the criminals.