3rd video emerges of NYPD being attacked with waterPosted: Updated:
A third cellphone video has emerged of NYPD officers being attacked by people with water.
Police say the third incident happened Wednesday in the Bronx.
The other two took place in Brooklyn and Harlem.
In the new video, two female officers on foot patrol are doused by a large group of young people, many carrying pails of water and at least three carrying large plastic water guns.
In the Harlem video, an officer making an arrest of a suspect appears to get hit in the head with a red plastic bucket as he and his partner are splashed with water.
The Brooklyn video shows two officers getting repeatedly doused as they walk down a street looking sheepish as a woman's voice in the background is heard saying, "Oh, they violated them." The NYPD said that 28-year-old Courney Thompson was arrested on Wednesday on disorderly conduct, harassment and other charges for the Brooklyn incident
The appearance that the pranksters on the videos showed little fear of reprisal fueled accusations against Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and other liberal politicians that their police reform policies have fostered a climate of disrespect for officers on the beat.
"Our anti-cop lawmakers have gotten their wish: the NYPD is now frozen," Patrick Lynch, the union president for the powerful Police Benevolent Association, said in a statement. "Disorder controls the streets, and our elected leaders refuse to allow us to take them back."
Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said there's worry that the liquids in the buckets "could just as easily have been bleach, gasoline, or some other toxic substance."
Rudolph Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump and former mayor of New York, also chimed in, telling Fox News that the dousings wouldn't have happened "if we didn't have a completely lazy mayor." The morale of the officers who were involved, he added, "has been destroyed."
The NYPD has circulated a memo throughout the nation's largest police department this week explaining that while verbal taunting doesn't break the law, someone can be charged with harassment, disorderly conduct or other crimes "where an individual intentionally sprays or douses a member of service with water while performing their duties."
AP wires were used in this report