Viral videos are circulating on social media showing New York City police officers being taunted and assaulted by the public, angering the public over mob-like behavior and disrespect for the badge.
The New York Post and other media outlets have reported on the video-recorded incidents in Brooklyn and in Harlem that show police officers being doused with water, and even hit with a bucket, but the cops not only maintain their composure but fail to respond.
The Post reported Wednesday that the alleged perpetrators had been arrested, including a reputed member of the Crips street gang who is on probation for a 2015 robbery.
Angered over the incidents, NYPD “brass” informed officers not to “tolerate” such behavior, the newspaper reported at the same time.
Jim Pasco of the National Fraternal Order of Police says, however, it's becoming all too common to see such behavior.
“Twenty years ago, we might have been shocked by that and outraged,” he says, “but today it's become, unfortunately, symptomatic of an element in society that shows no respect for authority figures.”
He says we're seeing similar disrespect for police and the rule of law in cities, large and small, across the country.
“This is not peculiar to New York City, or Philly, or L.A.,” he tells OneNewsNow. “It's as likely to happen in Duluth, or Minneapolis, or Oshkosh.”
Yet this incident happed in New York City and former mayor Rudi Giuliani lays the officers’ assault right the feet of his successor, Bill DeBlasio.
“It wouldn't happen if we didn't have a progressive, retrogressive, completely lazy mayor in New York City,” Giuliani told Fox News, “who is absolutely destroying the quality of life in this city. He's a disgrace.”
The head of the NYPD Police Benevolent Association said the incident can be traced to “anti-police rhetoric” from City Hall and from state lawmakers, the Post reported, and he predicted our culture is approaching “the point of no return” if politicians fail to support law enforcement.
Back to the bigger issue, Pasco tells OneNewsNow there is a “cultural problem” happening.
“And I hope we're at the peak of it,” he says, “because if this is just the onset, God help us all.”