Multiple Suspects Arrested For Water Attacks On NYPD Officers

Three suspects, including one Crips gang member, have been apprehended, police said.

New York, NY – New York police have arrested three men in connection with a series of attacks involving officers being doused with water.

At least one of the officers was hit in the head with a bucket as he was trying to arrest a man, viral cell phone videos showed.

On Tuesday, New York Police Department (NYPD) Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea tweeted photos of three men who were wanted for assault and criminal mischief that occurred during an incident near 7th Avenue and 116th Street in Harlem.

“This incident also involved an NYPD police officer hit in the head with a water bucket,” Chief Shea noted.

On Wednesday, police announced that they have arrested an unnamed 23-year-old man in connection with that attack, the New York Daily News reported.

Police also arrested Ibrahima Niang, 22, on a criminal mischief charge.

Another video showed two officers in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood as they were repeatedly doused with water as they silently walked down the sidewalk.

According to police sources, the officers had been called to a report of an unruly mob on East New York Avenue, but turned away and left when the group began attacking them with water, according to the New York Daily News.

On Wednesday morning, Crips gang member Courtney Thompson, 28, turned himself in at the 73rd Precinct station in connection with the Brownsville attack, the New York Post reported.

Thompson has been charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, criminal tampering, criminal nuisance, and obstruction of governmental administration.

“Who does that in their right frame of mind?” one police source asked the New York Post. “People who believe there’s no consequences. There’s total anarchy out there.”

“Today it’s a bucket of water. Tomorrow it could be a bucket of cement,” a department supervisor added.

New York Housing Authority Police Department Officer John Williamson was killed in the line of duty on Oct. 8, 1993, after a 30-pound bucket of speckling compound was tossed off of the roof of a six-story building, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The 25-year-old, four-year veteran-of-the-force was struck by the compound as he was leaving the scene of a prior attack on police, and his killer was later convicted of manslaughter.

The unprovoked attacks enraged the city’s police force and the union, who blamed New York’s “anti-cop” leaders for the officers’ refusal to take any action during the attacks, the New York Daily News reported.

“Our anti-cop lawmakers have gotten their wish: the NYPD is now frozen,” New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Patrick Lynch said in a statement on Monday.

“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," Lynch said.

“We are approaching the point of no return," Lynch warned. “Disorder controls the streets, and our elected leaders refuse to allow us to take them back. As police officers, we need to draw a line.”

The union president said that officers cannot sit back and allow themselves to be abused.

“In situations like this, we need to take action to protect ourselves and the public,” he continued. “The politicians may not care about the dangerous levels of chaos in our neighborhoods, but police officers and decent New Yorkers should not be forced to suffer.”

Chief of Department Terrence Monahan tweeted that the attack on the officers in Harlem was “reprehensible,” and urged citizens to be respectful of police.

“NYC’s cops & communities have made remarkable progress — together — but EVERY New Yorker MUST show respect for our cops. They deserve nothing less,” Chief Monahan wrote.

In another tweet, he praised the police force for the “remarkable” work they do, and claimed that officers have the department’s “support and full confidence.”

“We trust you to do what is a very difficult job. Use your discretion — make arrests when necessary — and know that you have our support and full confidence,” Chief Monahan said. “Thank you for what you do day in and day out. Please stay safe.”

The department issued a memo to the rank-and-file, and told them that suspects can be charged with felony assault if officers are injured during such attacks, the New York Daily News reported.

The memo reminded officers that they should be prepared to explain how the suspects’ behavior affected their ability to carry out their duties.

Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) President Ed Mullins said that the memo was nothing more than a “feel-good” message, and that it lacked reassurance from the department that it supports the officers out on the streets.

“The liquids in the buckets could just as easily have been bleach, gasoline, or some other toxic substance,” Mullins noted.

The union president said that the videos of the officers being doused were “horrific and dangerous,” and blamed New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio for the “lawless behavior and utter disregard for law enforcement” manifested in the footage.

“The perpetrators of these crimes are emboldened by the Mayor, who has shown nothing but disdain and contempt for the police since January 2014, when he was sworn into his first term,” Mullins railed.

He also demanded that Commissioner O’Neill resign from the department.

De Blasio said that the attack on the officer who was hit in the head with the bucket was “completely unacceptable,” the New York Daily News reported.

“We won’t tolerate this kind of disrespect,” the mayor added. “NYPD is investigating.”

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HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Good they’re arrested. Fucking animals. If it was back in the day, “unknown” men would return later in the night and beat the shit of whoever was in the area to send a message. Then it wouldn’t happen again because they begin to “police” themselves. Too much “I ain’t sayin nothin” going on but when you or someone you know gets their ass beat for something they had nothing to do with, I guarantee, they’ll find out who did and street justice will be served. We need that back.

CinGuz
CinGuz

When you start letting criminals attack the police then we are in serious trouble. The look of pride & gratification on their faces makes me want to puke.

question evrything
question evrything

when you go to a water fight, expect to get wet!

"Any cop who thinks that that's all right, that they can walk away from something like that, maybe should reconsider whether or not this is the profession for them," he said at an NYPD awards ceremony held Tuesday. "We don't take that."

According to a senior NYPD official, the police involved in the videos "should have taken action and they'll be reprimanded for not doing so."

the cops did the right thing by walking away!

Monahan made calling the actions seen in the video “reprehensible” and ordering “EVERY New Yorker” to “show respect for our cops” because “they deserve nothing less,”

FUCK YOU! you can't order anyone to show respect for corrupt cops.

Garner was known to sell untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island and had been arrested multiple times in the past. That was why police attempted to apprehend him in July, 2015.

did they see him do anything this time? probably NO! they just wanted to search harass and arrest someone they see as an easy target!

When you disrespect our NYPD officers, you disrespect ALL New Yorkers.

what a joke! FUCK ALL OF YOU COPSUCKERS!

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ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Eric Garner died because he was a fat fuck who was way too unfit to be fighting anybody, let alone a cop. Not a single shred of evidence in the multiple investigations by various agencies has surface to show the cops killed him. Simply put: they didn't. Now I know you won't ever believe that, hell I bet you still think Mike Brown had his hands up too, but that's the facts, friend. Find some better heroes.

Woobie46
Woobie46

Mr. SclaeriBrosLawyer, you are 100% correct. He died because he was so obese and would not follow simple orders. Cops got a complaint about him (they'd had several) and when garner decided to fight the coppers, he died of being too fat for his own good!

NotACop
NotACop

"Probably NO" is a guess and may be wishful thinking on your part. "They just wanted to..." is making up what someone else felt or desired to fit your own prejudices. You don't know what they wanted. You're just guessing, just promoting a narrative with no real info. Just being clueless and stoopid.

Soapstarpeper
Soapstarpeper

People like “question everything” are just the belligerent assholes that will resist, and then cry foul when appropriate force has to be used.

Scattered
Scattered

I can only hope you need one really really bad soon and they are on a donut break, pee break, cig break or fuck you break dirtbag!

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

"Thompson has been charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, criminal tampering, criminal nuisance, and obstruction of governmental administration."

No assault on police charge? Oh yeah, de Blasio probably deleted from the justice code for the city.

Pthompson
Pthompson

Very Good , they should be charged with all that can be put against them ! Who in there rigjt mind would do something like this toward fine officers ?