You should know that more and more incidents are being reported of people throwing water at New York Police Department officers while on duty, as if it’s some sort of game or challenge. We have all seen news reports and videos that have gone viral showing that not only are our police officers being doused with water, but they are also being hit with the empty buckets while onlookers jeer.
This is reprehensible and I have never seen anything like it.
You should already know that since 2014, the online Ice Bucket Challenge has been played by people who agree to have ice water dumped on their heads, but this is to raise money for ALS awareness and it’s all done in good fun. What is taking place in New York City is nothing at all like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge game, and it must stop.
It pains me to see how New York City has become a safe haven to celebrate disrespect and humiliate NYPD officers by drenching them with water and throwing empty buckets at their bodies. Our NYPD officers place their lives on the line every day and deserve respect, not humiliation.
It is important for you to know that as an elected official in New York City Council 18th District, as the Pastor of the Christian Community Neighborhood Church, and as the President of the New York City Hispanic Clergy Organization, I do not support New York City’s anti-cop climate, and I have not and will not turn my back on our police officers.
I urge all our of parents and caretakers to discourage this kind of defiant behavior, to teach the next generation that it is not acceptable, and nothing to laugh at.
If there is any assistance I can provide or my Church can provide or the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization can provide to help strengthen community relations with the NYPD, please know that I am just a phone call away.
I am Reverend Rubén Díaz, Sr. and this is what you should know.