No officer should have a bucket of water thrown at them or be disrespected in any manner whatsoever on the job. We live in the biggest safest city in the world, and the NYPD protects us from day-to-day harms.
What if the buckets of water were not filled with water? What if it was harmful liquid, like bleach or acid? One may argue that the officers took the high road by not reacting to the men who splashed them with water. This could have escalated the situation.
One can also argue that the individuals should have been arrested immediately. For me, it was shocking and angry to watch. I was appalled by this inexcusable behavior.
One point we can take away from this horrific incident is that there is more work to be done connecting communities and police officers.
The Neighborhood Coordinating Officer (NCO) program links the community with their local police officers. In my Assembly district, the NCO program has been a huge success.
I even held a one-year anniversary celebration for the 102nd Precinct NCO program to recognize all the great work they have done building bridges between residents and officers.
Unfortunately, this is not the reality for every precinct in the city.
Mayor Bill de Blasio needs to allow police officers to do their jobs. Why did these police officers feel inclined to walk away from the individuals who were harassing and taunting them and not make an arrest?
The mayor needs to stand with police officers and make them feel empowered to do the job that they are trained to do: protecting and enforcing the law. Take the handcuffs off the police officers and let them do their jobs.
Mike Miller represents the 38th District in the state Assembly.