UPDATE: After a thorough investigation by the NYPD’s Manhattan South investigators, it has been determined that there was no criminality by shake shack’s employees.
Three New York City Police officers were “intentionally poisoned” at a Manhattan outpost of Shake Shack, says the NYPD’s Detectives’ Endowment Association.
President Paul DiGiacomo says the officers were targeted by one or more workers at the Shake Shack at 200 Broadway.
“AFter tasting the milk shakes they purchased they became ill, making it necessary for them to go to an area hospital,” DiGiacomo said in a statement.
He said the officers were not seriously injured.
Shake Shack did not returns calls seeking comment. However, they are on the record supporting Black Lives Matter and their social media pages are filled with messages about fighting systemic racism.
An NYPD spokesman tells the Todd Starnes Show they are investigating the incident, but right now they cannot confirm if it was an accident or intentional. No arrests have been made.
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John Cardillo, who first reported about the attack on Twitter, shared text messages that indicated the milk shakes were tainted with bleach.
The NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association also reported that a “toxic substance believed to be bleach, had been placed in their beverages.”
NYPD source just texted this.
Cops’ food possibly being poisoned.
?URGENT SAFETY MESSAGE?
Tonight, three of our fellow officers were intentionally poisoned by one or more workers at the Shake Shack at 200 Broadway in Manhattan. Fortunately, they were not seriously harmed. Please see the safety alert⤵️ https://t.co/D8Lywivhdu
— Detectives’ Endowment Association (@NYCPDDEA) June 16, 2020
(MOS = Members of the Service/sworn NYPD) pic.twitter.com/eQmMOrIKTM
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 16, 2020
“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,” DiGiacomo said. “Emboldened by pandering elected officials, these cowards will go to great lengths to harm any member of law enforcement.”
He called on police officers to be “more vigilant than ever.”
“We urge you to not buy food from locations unknown to you,” he said. “Keep your eyes open and be alert at all times. Make sure you always stay with your partner — and back one another up. Inspect your vehicle — personal and department — before you drive.”