‘Encouraged to fight police’: NYPD on-duty injuries increased 47 percent during violent anti-police protests in town
- At least 472 New York agents have been injured in protests this summer
- They have been shot, stabbed, hit with stones, cars and Molotov cocktails
- There have been 7,528 NYPD injuries so far in 2020, up 47 percent from last year
Nearly 500 New York police officers have suffered horrific injuries in riots and protests this summer.
Officers have been shot at, hit with rocks, bottles and Molotov cocktails, hit by cars, and stung in a wave of unrest.
Records from the department show that at least 472 officers have been injured in responding to protests since May 28, of which 319 required hospital treatment.
NYPD Lieutenant Richard Mack, who was attacked by a group of protesters in June, is one of nearly 500 New York police officers injured in riots and protests this summer.
Patrick Lynch, the head of the Police Benevolent Association, said The Washington Examiner: ‘The chaos that politicians encourage on the street is that the police end up in hospital.
It’s not just the nearly 500 police officers who were hit with rocks and bottles or otherwise injured during supposedly ‘peaceful’ protests.
“Hundreds more are injured because criminals are encouraged to fight the police as soon as we arrive on the scene. They know our hands are tied. ‘
A lieutenant is covered in blood on Brooklyn Bridge after clashes with Black Lives Matter protesters
The 472 injured officers add to the total 7,528 NYPD line-of-duty injuries so far in 2020, up 47 percent from 5,133 last year
The 472 injured officers add to the total of 7,528 NYPD line-of-duty injuries to date in 2020, up 47 percent from 5,133 last year.
In one of the more poignant incidents, NYPD Lieutenant Commander Richard Mack was attacked by protesters on Brooklyn Bridge in July, requiring eye surgery after several blows to the head.
Meanwhile, Sgt. William Maher was hit by a hit-and-run driver attending a raid in The Bronx in June.
Terence Monahan, head of the NYPD, is depicted bandaging his injured fingers after an attack
New York City Police Department Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice, who founded Blue Lives Matter NYC, told the New York Post: ‘The average person does not hear about the daily beatings and injuries of police officers.
“Officers are injured every day, whether assigned to routine patrols or a riot site.”
The sergeant even witnessed some of the violent attacks and saw protesters throwing rocks and stones at officers on the front lines.