Messages are reportedly being passed among officers in the New York City Police Department that would give Independence Day a whole new meaning, according to a report Thursday.
The New York Post reported that the author of the messages is unknown and it is even unclear that the person is a cop. But one of the messages read, “NYPD cops will strike on July 4th to let the city have their independence without cops.”
The report said that the message appeared to be written by someone with legal savvy, and pointed out the Taylor Law, which essentially makes it illegal for some public workers to call out sick in protest. But the message said, “The people and this city doesn’t [sic] honor us why honor them [sic].”
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There are increasing reports of police officers calling out in a phenomenon called “Bluflu.” Todd Starnes, the host of the “Todd Starnes Radio Show” reported exclusively on Wednesday that there has been a large number of Georgia law enforcement officers walking off the job due to the murder charges stemming from the Rayshard Brooks shooting.
Paul Howard Jr., the Fulton County district attorney, announced charges against the two officers in the shooting. Garrett Rolfe, the former Atlanta cop, was charged with felony murder.
Lance LoRusso, the attorney for Rolfe, told Fox News on Wednesday that his client is going to plead not guilty and argued against key perceptions of the shooting’s narrative, including that Brooks was running from the officers after wrestling away a Taser.
“Mr. Brooks was not running away,” he said. “Mr. Brooks turned and offered extreme violence toward a uniformed law enforcement officer. If he was able to deploy the Taser, it would incapacitate Officer Rolfe through his body armor, and at that point, if he decided to disarm another officer, he would be in possession of a firearm.”
Protests have erupted across the country over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Democrats have called to defund police and police unions have recently stood up to the negative press.
The Post reported that the NYPD did not immediately respond to the report.
“Police officers like you and me took an oath to protect strangers regardless of race, class or gender. Today we are vilified and must stand as one,” another message read.