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NYPD Union Head: “Stop Treating Us Like Animals”


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As if being a police officer and putting your life on the line daily isn’t difficult enough.

Now police officers have to deal with complete disrespect from the very people they’re sworn to protect.

Since the beginning of the George Floyd “protests,” we’ve seen countless instances of police officers being harassed and injured across the country.

And many of them are getting fed up with it.

The head of the New York Police Union came out Tuesday and pleaded with everyone to “stop treating us like animals and thugs.”

More details from the National Review on the matter:

The head of New York State’s police unions slammed criticism of officers following George Floyd demonstrations, saying police were being treated like “animals.”

“I am not Derek Chauvin; they are not him,” Mike O’Meara, president of the New York Association of Police Benevolent Associations, told reporters on Tuesday while gesturing to officers gathered behind him. “He killed someone. We didn’t.”

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O’Meara referred to one of the officers who killed Floyd, an African American resident of Minneapolis. The killing sparked massive demonstrations in major American cities, which have devolved into rioting in many instances.

“The legislators, the press, everybody’s trying to shame us into being embarrassed about our profession,” O’Meara said. “Stop treating us like animals and thugs, and start treating us with some respect….We’ve been left out of the conversation, we’ve been vilified — it’s disgusting.”

The NYPD has faced challenges containing widespread rioting and looting, and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that New York City would divert some funding away from its police force to other programs. At the height of the rioting, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “The police in New York City were not effective at doing their job….Period.”

NYPD chief Terence Monahan hit back at Cuomo’s remarks the next day.

O’Meara’s statement comes as many on the left across the country are calling for a complete cutoff of funding to police departments:

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