New York police say there is a “credible threat” of attempts to kill officers in the same Bronx district where a shooter shot two police officers four days ago and wounded them in two separate shootings.
The Sergeants Benevolent Association, one of the largest police unions in New York City, posted a tweet with an internal memo that would have been distributed to all men and women in the armed forces.
The all-caps message reads: “RESEARCH UNITS HAVE RECOMMENDED THREAT OF AN INDIVIDUAL ATTEMPT THAT IS ATTEMPT TO SHOOT A NYPD MOS (member of the service), INCLUDING A 41 PCT MOSS.
“ALL MOSS ARE RECOMMENDED TO BE WAKE UP AND ALERT.
The Sergeants Benevolent Association, one of the largest police unions in New York City, posted a tweet with an internal memo that would be spread among all men and women about the warning of a “credible threat”
The memo was issued just three days after Robert Williams (middle) was tried in the Bronx Criminal Court on Monday
STATIONHOUSE SAFETY MUST BE PLACED ON ALL TOURS.
“PLEASE CONSULT ALL MOSS AND CONTINUE TO READ THIS MESSAGE AT ROLL CALLS TO MORE MESSAGE.”
The 41st district in the Bronx was where an archer lured police officers into ambush – first in a patrol car late on Saturday night and then hours later on Sunday morning at the district headquarters.
WCBS TV reports that the NYPD has confirmed that there is a “credible threat,” but a police spokesperson told DailyMail.com that there is an investigation into who has leaked the memo.
When reached by DailyMail.com, a NYPD spokesman refused to confirm that the authorities are investigating a “credible threat” against officers.
Allegedly, Williams opened fire on a Sunday morning on a lieutenant who manned the 41st district reception. When the lieutenant fired back, the suspect fled into another room and shot at other police personnel
Williams dives to the ground and surrenders after he has run out of bullets
Several officers then swarmed the suspect after he had surrendered his weapon
Emergency vehicles rushed to the 41st district after a lieutenant was shot at the reception on Sunday morning
Williams (left) was allegedly released conditionally after an attempted murder in 2002. Authorities also asked a woman who believed to be Williams’ girlfriend Liza T Valdez (right), a communications engineer for the NYPD
The man accused of ambushing the officers was prosecuted Monday for attempted murder and other charges.
The shootings have led to reproaches from police officers and trade union leaders who criticized recent demonstrations such as creating an “anti-police” atmosphere and a reduction in the characterization of supporters of police reform who said that making that connection was irresponsible.
Under the watchful eyes of the police officers who grabbed a Bronx courtroom, a cuffed Robert Williams, 45, appeared after his arrest on Sunday, his first appearance, dressed in a gray sweatshirt and sweatpants, one eye swollen shut and a bandage on his ear.
Williams, of the Bronx, was charged with multiple counts of attempted murder.
He is accused of approaching a police patrol car on Saturday night and shooting two officers inside, injuring one before escaping on foot, and also opening fire on Sunday morning at 41st headquarters, where he injured a police lieutenant before he was arrested.
Williams was taken into pre-trial detention after his appearance and is due to return to court on February 14.
He was represented in court by a lawyer from The Bronx Defenders.
“There is much that we don’t know about what happened and what led to this incident,” said lawyer Tom Klein in a statement.
“We look forward to doing research and learning more so that we can best represent Mr. Williams.”
Earlier Monday, Lieutenant Jose Gautreaux, who had been wounded in the 41st district, was greeted by rows of officers waiting when he left the hospital.
The suspect sees his weapon lifted and shoot at the police in security camera shots of the Saturday incident
The suspect (photo) was filmed while he walked away from the scene of the shooting on Saturday, which according to the police was not provoked
The first officer was shot Saturday at 906 Simpson St in the Bronx New York, the authorities said
With his arm in a sling and a police jacket over his shoulders, Gautreaux stepped out of a wheelchair at the entrance to the hospital, walked to a waiting car, and gave the crowd a thumbs up.
Among those there was NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea.
The officer who was wounded in that earlier attack, Paul Stroffolino, was released from the hospital on Sunday evening.
Police said Williams had a long criminal history, including a 2002 shooting and carjacking in which he fired a gun at the police.
He was released from prison in 2017.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (in Washington last month) told reporters that he was “disgusted” by the remarks of Ed Mullins, Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA)
A tweet from Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, “declaring war” against the Blasio. The mayor of New York called the words “destructive”
Shea has spoken out in condemning activists for criminal justice reform to carry out protests that he suggested were part of what he called an anti-police environment.
“These things are not separate from each other. People recently marched through the streets of New York City, “Shea said Sunday.
“Words matter. And words influence people’s behavior. “
His comments were repeated by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“Everyone who spits hatred at our officers helps this kind of atmosphere; it’s not acceptable, “said the Blasio.
Sergeant Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins launched an attack on the Blasio after an officer was shot in a patrol Saturday night and another outside a Bronx police station the following morning
“You could protest for everything you believe in, but you can’t attack those who are here to protect us in common. It provides this kind of dynamics. “
But the Blasio received criticism from the Sergeants Benevolent Association, which tweeted on Monday: “Mayor DeBlasio, members of the NYPD declare you war!
‘We do not respect you, do NOT visit us in hospitals.
‘You sold the NYPD to the mean creatures, the 1% that the police hate but vote for you.
“NYPD agents were killed by you. This is not over yet, Game on! “
Freddi Goldstein, the mayor’s spokeswoman, called the comments “absolutely objectionable.”
Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, condemned the attack on the officers.
She said there were concerns about the words of Shea.
“Implicating without demonstration that protesters or protest slogans are responsible for these attacks is irresponsible and unnecessarily polarizing,” she said.