Two New York Police Unions Falsely Claimed Shake Shack Poisoned Cops With Bleach

Two police unions — The New York Police Benevolent Association and the Detectives’ Endowment Association — falsely claimed that three police officers were intentionally poisoned with bleach by employees at a Shake Shack restaurant in New York City on June 15.

The officers went to a hospital where they were treated, observed and released, noted CNN.

The Los Angeles Times reports that New York Police Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch (pictured above) tweeted (and later deleted) that “officers discovered a toxic substance, believed to be bleach, had been placed in their beverages” and added, “When NYC police officers cannot even take meal without coming under attack, it is clear that environment in which we work has deteriorated to a critical level.”

BuzzFeed News notes the Detectives’ Endowment Association tweeted that “three of our brothers in blue were intentionally poisoned by one or more workers” at the Shake Shack.

Detectives’ Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo made this ludicrous claim:

Police in New York City and across the country are under attack by vicious criminals who dislike us simply because of the uniform we wear. Emboldened by pandering elected officials, these cowards will go to great lengths to harm any member of law enforcement.

The NYPD investigated the incident, and NYPD Detective Chief Rodney Harrison tweeted on June 16 there was no poisoning.

Police investigators believe the milkshake machine wasn’t fully cleared (a common problem) and some cleaning solution may have accidentally gotten into the officers’ drinks.

Shake Shack said it was relieved to hear the officers are all okay” and are “working hard to get the full picture.”

Buzzfeed News report that “both unions have since admitted their claims were wrong, saying they are ‘relieved’ officers were not intentionally harmed,” which was their false claim without evidence.

The Los Angeles Times reports that police often make paranoid claims about restaurants:

Over the past few months, headlines about cops getting erroneously mad at restaurants have become surprisingly common. Like the cop who accused a fast food worker of taking a bite out of his McChicken because he “forgot” he’d taken the bite himself. Or the cops who threatened to boycott a Philly sandwich shop for the dire sin of not giving officers free lunch. Or the cop who lied about a McDonald’s worker writing “f—- pig” on his coffee cup.

(Sources: NYPD Detective Chief Rodney Harrison/Twitter, CNN, Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed News, Photo Credit: WCBS/YouTube)

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