'Anti-cop tone infecting our city': Angry officials react to shooting of 2 NYPD officers in 12 hours

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February 09, 2020 - 12:07 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Elected leaders are reacting to back-to-back attacks on NYPD officers in the Bronx in 12 hours.

Two officers were injured—one was shot in a police van Saturday night and a second was shot in a precinct stationhouse hours later Sunday morning.

"It is only by the grace of God and the heroic actions of those inside the building that took him into custody that we are not talking about police officers murdered inside a New York City police precinct,” New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a press conference Sunday.

Shea called the gunman a “coward" and lashed out at criminal justice reform activists who have held demonstrations against excessive force by police in recent months, including a large protest in Grand Central Terminal. He suggested that the protests helped create an anti-police environment.

“These things are not unrelated. We had people marching through the streets of New York City recently,” Shea said. “Words matter. And words affect people's behavior.”

Shea didn't offer any evidence that the gunman in this weekend's attacks knew of those protests or was influenced by them.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who won office partly on a promise to reform overly aggressive policing of minority communities, also suggested that while police had a right to protest, anti-police sentiment had gotten out of hand.

“This was an attempt to assassinate police officers. We need to use that word,” the Democratic mayor said Sunday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a tweet Sunday he was “horrified by the multiple attacks” on police. “NY's law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. These attacks are heinous."

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said “this horrific violence must end.”

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said the attacks were “truly shocking.”

Republican President Donald Trump put blame on “weak leadership” by elected leaders, specifically Cuomo and de Blasio, both Democrats.

Gov. Cuomo responded in a statement from his spokesperson on Twitter: "We‘d think politicizing police shootings would be beyond the pale even for @realDonaldTrump, but apparently there's nothing too low for him."

Mayor de Blasio also responded, writing on Twitter: "Our city is hurting right now. The only appropriate response is thoughts, prayers and solidarity with our officers — this is no time for division."

The NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association said it was “praying for yet ANOTHER police officer shot in the Bronx.”

"The anti-cop tone infecting our city & state is causing bloodshed," the Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted.

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