New York Police Department officers responding to a shooting in Manhattan were met with large crowd hurling bottles and blocking the intersection as a surge in gun violence grips the city.
The New York City Police Benevolent Association on Sunday shared a clip of NYPD officers being met with resistance while dispatched to a ‘shots fired’ call in Harlem.
The ‘shots fired’ call was one of several made across the city’s five boroughs as New York Post reports 11 people were shot in just 24 hours – amplifying debates on policing and the role of law enforcement.
Footage shows an NYPD cruiser edging into an intersection that is crowded with dozens of residents and littered objects on the ground.
The cruiser’s wail and flashing lights do little to move the crowd, who begin dancing as music is blasts from a speaker off screen.
A New York Police Department cruiser was reportedly responding to a ‘shots fired’ call when residents in Harlem tossed glass bottles and other objects at the vehicle (pictured)
Suddenly, a glass bottle launches from inside the crowd towards the NYPD cruiser and stops a few feet before the front bumper.
This prompts a barrage of glass bottles and other items to be hurled at the cruiser while witnesses watch without intervening.
At least eight bottles are thrown at the officers before one projectile lands directly on the front hood.
The thrown items increasingly land on the cruiser, causing the NYPD officers to back their vehicle.
Officers began backing up the police cruiser as more objects began flying at the cruiser (pictured)
The New York City Police Benevolent Association shared the video in a thinly veiled jab against NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio
It’s unclear with followed the incident, but the NYC PBA used the video to call out Mayor Bill de Blasio for ‘surrendering our city.’
‘This is what a “light touch” looks like: Police officers responding to a shots fired job in Harlem last night were met with this,’ the group wrote.
‘[Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson] and company should be held responsible for surrendering our city.’
The group appeared to be mocking de Blasio, who asked the department use a ‘light touch’ when dealing with demonstrators taking to the streets over police brutality, racial injustice and George Floyd.
A staunch rift has grown between de Blasio and the NYPD as criticism continues to mount against law enforcement nationwide.
While President Trump often lauded a heavy-handed response to demonstrations, de Blasio publicly denounced several instances of alleged police brutality performed by NYPD officers.
One alleged incident of police violence included a 20-year-old woman who was roughly shoved by an NYPD officer to the ground during a protest.
The officer had allegedly called her a ‘stupid f***ing b***h’ before pushing her.
The NYPD has come under fire in recent weeks over alleged incidents of police brutality against civilians and protesters
Protests have been held nationwide to fight police brutality and racism following the death of George Floyd
Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he would divert money from the NYPD’s $6billion budget towards minority youth programs
The following day, a second officer was caught on video yanking down a man’s coronavirus mask to pepper spray him.
The nail in the coffin seemed to come earlier this month when de Blasio announced that funds from the NYPD’s $6billion budget would be cut and diverted to social services. The anti-crime unit was later disbanded the NYPD Chief.
With a waning support system, officers have made clear their displeasure over de Blasio’s handling of demonstrations.
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik claimed that 600 police officers were considering leaving the force amid police brutality protests, Washington Examiner reports.
In fact, Sergeant Benevolent Association urged officers to avoid the city because of de Blasio’s apparent lapse in leadership.
‘To all our friends in law enforcement both outside & in the USA. DO NOT visit NYC & DO NOT encourage friends & family to visit. The city is dangerous thanks to our elected officials…’
The General Counsel’s Office of the Police Benevolent Association weighed in the situation, claiming that the shootings are a result of the city’s policies.
‘Effects of policies on NYC streets,’ the legal counsel wrote.
‘It’s beyond debatable that policies of electeds officials—non support of police, “light touch” policing, failure to prosecute crime-have real world impacts.
‘Beefs’ are now being routinely settled with shootings.’
The Sergeant Benevolent Association urged officers to avoid New York City over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of demonstrations
NYCPBA: ‘It’s beyond debatable that policies of electeds officials—non support of police, “light touch” policing, failure to prosecute crime-have real world impacts’
Gun violence and shootings have overwhelmed New York City over the past several weeks as NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea admits that city’s criminal justice system is ‘imploding.’
‘You have to step back and look at this. You have a criminal-justice system that is imploding,’ Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said, according to the New York Post.
‘Imploding. That’s the kindest way to put it,’ he added.
A man and women were shot dead on Saturday afternoon after a gunman fired more than 20 rounds outside a home in Brooklyn.
The man suffered shot to the head while the female victim was shot once in the back.
As of Sunday morning, no arrests have been made in connection to the murders.
Andres Arias, 21, and Erica Lopez, 19, are pictured at 230 Fifth Rooftop hours before she was killed in a fatal double shooting on leaving the club Friday morning. The couple had been celebrating Arias’s cousin’s boyfriend’s birthday at the swanky rooftop bar in Manhattan’s Flatiron district before the night turned deadly
Arias spoke to DailyMail.com exclusively Friday and said the couple had been celebrating his cousin’s boyfriend’s birthday in Manhattan’s Flatiron district
One day before, 19-year-old Erika Lopez was fatally shot and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Andres Arias, wounded after they got into a confrontation at a Manhattan rooftop bar.
Arias, told DailyMail.com exclusively that his girlfriend Erica Lopez may have saved his life by shoving him out of the way when the gunman opened fire.
‘Erica pushed me out of the way, and one bullet went through her chest and grazed me through the left side of my ribs,’ he said.
‘I saw my girlfriend Erica falling to the ground, and I dove to grab her so she didn’t hit her head,’ he explained.
‘I turned her over, and she was bleeding through her left chest.’
Last weekend, disturbing CCTV footage showed a gunman kill a 35-year-old man in broad daylight as he washed his car in Brooklyn.
The NYPD has not made any arrests in the shooting yet.
The New York Post reports that 11 people have been shot in less than 24 hours across New York City as of Sunday morning.
The victims were injured during eight separate shootings between 5:30pm Saturday and 5am on Sunday.
In at least three instances of gun violence, victims have refused to cooperate with the NYPD after being shot.
The number of shootings since Monday reportedly tallied to 59, totaling out to 81 gun violence victims and six murders.
The NYPD’s most recent CompState sheet shows there were 531 shooting victims in the city this year compared to 373 in 2019, according to the Year to Date data.
The New York Police Department’s CompStat reports that there were 531 shooting victims in the city this year compared to 373 in 2019 as of June 21
Additionally, NBC New York reported that weekly shootings in the city were up 358 per cent compared to the same time last year.
Police Commissioner Shea said the city’s homicide rate hit a five-year high. The number of residents shot this year has climbed 42 per cent compared to the same time last year.
Shea said there were 100 shootings in New York City in May.
De Blasio addressed the uptick in gun violence during a press conference on Monday.
‘We are not going back to the bad old days where there was too much gun violence in this city, nor are we going back to the bad old days.’
He added that city was investing $10million in new crisis management system funding to help add law enforcement staff.