The NYPD and an unknown officer are receiving harsh criticism on social media after a viral video caught the unnamed officer telling men outside a methadone clinic to, “Go shoot your f—king heroin and die.”
ALERT NYC!— AntifaSevenHills ? (@ash_antifa) August 31, 2018
This officer responded to a minor scuffle at a methadone clinic in SOHO today with his gun out & ready to use on folks seeking help. He then told these human beings to “shoot your fucking heroin and die.”
IDENTIFY THIS PIG! pic.twitter.com/pGkIQaaJHO
The officer was responding to a call near the SoHo methadone clinic. In the video of the incident, which is thought to have occurred on Aug. 31, the officer can be seen with his weapon drawn as he approaches the men at the corner of Prince and Crosby streets.
The officer then holsters his weapon and begins shouting at the men. “Take a f–king walk right now,” he says. “I’ll knock you the f–k out.”
As the officer walks away from the men he turns around and says, “Go shoot your f–king heroin and die.” No arrests appear to have been made during the incident.
A few hours later video of the encounter appeared on Twitter and Facebook, posted on Twitter by user Antifa Seven Hills.
The video sparked a flurry of responses on social media. Many were appalled by the cop’s behavior.
Boy he's protecting and serving the hell out of them people isn't he ...? These cops need mental help— ❤Shannon❤ (@ShannonAllen817) September 9, 2018
If true as reported, this person should not have a badge.— Brian Lee Reinarz (@BrianReinarz) September 10, 2018
I thought cops took an oath to help protect and not kill people. Your gun out as a scare tactic is shameful and dangerous.— Coops (@niaecooper_nia) September 9, 2018
While others were curious about what led up to the incident.
Wow so much details included in this 17 sec video. Not sure what is the proper term to be used for a non contributing drug addict that is leaching off the state and city. These methadone clinics need to be closed permanently instead of them being a safe haven for druggies.— Tesh (@devulkiid) September 8, 2018
Without seeing what happened before he got there or while he was walking up to the scene it is pretty hard to judge why he had his gun out or had that attitude. He shouldn't have talked that way but they were egging him on and he stupidly lost it. It isn't easy being a cop.— Capedcrusader (@Capedcr82210140) September 8, 2018
Pretty funny that this video was posted right where the the cop has his gun out talking tough since the posters intention is to discredit the NYPD.. good job we will wait for another upstanding citizen to post the full video before rushing to to the judgment you would like us to— Cosmo Damien (@imaedp2) September 8, 2018
Some sided strongly with the officer, which set off a debate in the comments.
Good for the cop— j vc (@yankees5151) September 8, 2018
He did nothing wrong but speak his mind— Chris (@alfie5722) September 8, 2018
They vagrants get what they deserve.— Paul LaGattuta (@ChowRSL) September 8, 2018
@DonutOperator I suspect this is one for you to put in to context..... he looks like a fed up and berated officer who has reached the end of his tether after a long and hard day. Would be interesting to see the preceding events.— Adam Eales (@AdamEales1) September 8, 2018
there is no context that matters here,other than this man took out his gun and threatened people. in his capacity as a police officer. If he is incapable of finishing a day without becoming a mortal danger to the human beings he is tasked with "protecting", he needs to be fired— Sue Jeffers (@realsuejeffers) September 9, 2018
I’m in this spot every day. This cop’s behavior isn’t acceptable, but these folks are not just “seeking help”. Most of them are constantly causing trouble, harassing people walking by and more. I’m sober myself, and have sympathy for anyone trying to get clean, but that’s not it.— Dave (@davecurrence) September 8, 2018
Nothing excuses this behavior. But I will say that all of us first responders are getting sick and tired of people getting high time after time despite our efforts to get them help. This whole "leave behind Narcan" thing is a joke. But like I said, the officer is wrong here.— Semper Paratus (@Medic6940) September 8, 2018
A spokeswoman for the NYPD said the cop’s commanding officer has been notified and the NYPD will look into the incident.
Here we go ! Can’t wait to see the spin on this one— RAMBO (@Chizzy71) September 8, 2018