The Legal Aid Society on Thursday blasted the NYPD for directing its officers to bust the punks behind the growing spate of water-bucket ambushes while not dropping the hammer in cases of police misconduct.
“The disproportionate response from the NYPD to these incidents of young people splashing water on officers compared to officers committing violent misconduct, also often on tape, demonstrates the Department’s failure to see its own hypocrisy,” said Anne Oredenko, the supervising attorney of the Legal Aid Society’s Racial Justice Unit, in a statement.
“Young people are getting arrested for splashing water on 100 degree days while officers who have killed and seriously injured people continue working, collect pensions, and barely get a slap on the wrist,” added Oredenko.
“Historically, black and Latinx communities have suffered the brunt of police abuse, harassment and violence,” the statement concluded. “The Department should focus on addressing those root issues before attempting to criminalize playing with water.”
So far, three people have been charged in connection to the original incidents, and cops are probing additional incidents in the Bronx and in Harlem.
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