New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is condemning the recent acts of NYPD officers getting attacked with water and a bucket during two separate incidents.
“Throwing things at an NYPD officer is not only not acceptable, it can lead to charges, all of those actions can lead to charges,” the mayor said on NY1 Monday night.
Cops were arresting someone in Harlem over the weekend when a large group of people began dousing them with water. A man then threw a red bucket at the officers, hitting one in the head.
The cops carried on doing their job.
In another video, taken in Brooklyn during the weekend’s heat wave, shows two cops getting drenched while patrolling the streets.
And a separate video shows a woman getting doused in water as she tries to talk to cops.
The NYPD said it is investigating the incidents.
NYPD Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice blames the recent political climate.
"These officers don't want to be on the front page of the paper, with everything going on, police officers are afraid to take action and it's gonna get them hurt,” he told Inside Edition. "In today's day and age of policing, a line should have been drawn. What should've been done is they should've been arrested and they should've put a stop to it."
The fact that the police officers did not make any arrests during the incidents is sparking serious questions about the state of law enforcement, not just in New York but around the country.
There is an ongoing trend of people seeming to taunt police officers in order, critics say, to elicit reactions. A recent Inside Edition investigation tracked down a man who hurls insults at cops and posts the videos online.