The NYPD revealed on Sunday that nearly 300 police officers have been injured during the course of the violent protests that have consumed the nation for nearly two weeks.
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in New York since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Though the mainstream media has characterized the protests as “largely peaceful,” the message of the protests are profoundly anti-police, and officers attempting to protect the city have taken the brunt of the protesters’ anger.
Fox News reported on Sunday:
The 292 figure provided by police gave some initial context to the fallout of how the protests, lasting over a week, have impacted law enforcement — which has faced threats of violence, defunding and harassment in the streets. Messages like “F–k the police,” acab (all cops are b—ards) and descriptions of cops as “pigs” have been painted across buildings and monuments in U.S. cities, and held up on protesters’ signs.
Examples of rioters attacking police in every US city are easily found. For instance, on Thursday, Breitbart reported that “three officers were attacked by the suspect in Brooklyn, who stabbed one of the policemen in the neck and then stole a handgun and shot two others before he himself was shot.”
Though the NYPD did not disclose the full extent of the injuries suffered by the 292 officers attacked so far, New York Police Chief Terence Monahan told the media last weekend that more than 60 of New York’s officers had been hospitalized with serious injuries since riots began in May.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have traded blows over the handling of the violence in the city, but ultimately, neither has committed to actively supporting and protecting the city’s embattled law enforcement agencies.
In fact, calls to defund law enforcement are gaining steam amongst Democrats. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, went public with demands for “reduction of our NYPD budget and defunding a $6 billion NYPD budget” this week.
Ed Mullins, the head of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said on Tuesday:
NYPD is losing the city of New York. We have no leadership right now from City Hall to the brass of the NYPD. The men and women are being pelted with rocks, bricks. Cars lit on fire, and this is continuous.
We have no leadership. Mayor de Blasio is not allowing the NYPD to do their job. The commissioners, the chiefs of the NYPD are too afraid to let the men and women keep control of the city. History has shown you must enforce the laws. We can no longer tolerate police officers’ cars being fire-bombed, the public not being able to open their stores, not being able to walk down the street. This is not the agenda of a free society. This needs to be addressed. We need the leadership in New York.”