Did the NYPD completely make up a story about officers being poisoned with bleach?

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There’s been this weird thing happening over the past few years, where cops around the country are so desperate to be aggrieved about something, anything, that they fully make up stories about being poisoned or mocked at various fast food restaurants. A police chief completely made up a story about a McDonalds’ employee writing “pig” on his coffee cup. An Indiana cop claimed a McDonalds’ worker took a bite out of his sandwich (he lied). A Florida cop claiming a Burger King employee put dirt on his burger (he lied). And now this: NYPD cops running to the hospital to claim that Shake Shack poisoned them with bleach. Somehow, only these three cops had milkshakes with “bleach” and no one else? Something doesn’t smell right (nor does it smell like bleach):

Three New York City Police Department officers have been released from the hospital after getting sick when they drank milkshakes from Shake Shack Monday night. The shakes may have been tainted with bleach, according to a statement from the NYC Police Benevolent Association.

The NYPD launched an investigation after the officers fell ill and determined early Tuesday morning that there was no criminality by employees, according to a tweet from NYPD Detective Chief Rodney Harrison. Investigators believe a cleaning solution used to clean the milkshake machines wasn’t fully cleared and may have gotten into the officers’ drinks.

The officers bought the beverages at the restaurant chain’s lower Manhattan location around 8:30 p.m., a spokeswoman for the department said. All three officers were transported to a local hospital where they were treated, observed and released, according to the spokeswoman.

The NYCPBA, which represents more than 50,000 active and retired police officers, said in a statement posted to Twitter Monday night that the officers “discovered that a toxic substance, believed to be bleach, had been placed in their beverages.” The officers had already ingested part of the beverages when they noticed a substance was in their drinks, the statement said.

“When NYC police officers cannot even take meal without coming under attack, it is clear that environment in which we work has deteriorated to a critical level,” PBA President Patrick Lynch wrote.

[From CNN]

This is pretty easy to determine – clearly the cops didn’t finish their milkshakes, so run a test to see if the milkshakes contained bleach. Then check those results against the cleaning supplies used by Shake Shack. If the NYPD really believes that their officers were poisoned, it seems like they would do a thorough investigation, and it also seems like more than three people would have been accidentally poisoned if the current NYPD scenario is true. What’s that? The cops Munchausen’d themselves to get sympathy and cause problems for underpaid service workers? Oh, right.

Also, this happened yesterday. A coincidence, perchance.

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45 Responses to “Did the NYPD completely make up a story about officers being poisoned with bleach?”

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  1. Valiantly Varnished says:

    So as I was saying…defund the police.

    • Lmao24 says:

      If they are fabricating stories for public sympathy, then they are lying in witness statements, officer accounts, prosecution cases. How much evidence have they falsified in their cases?

      • Esmom says:

        I know, right? It’s chilling af. And people reacting like “you want cops dead” at the mere mention of any reform is so upsetting and depressing. Like everything, we can’t have a rational conversation about this.

      • sa says:

        Seriously, since the first video disproving a police account I have been questioning police testimony, now there are too many of those to count.

        I was on a grand jury once, and we almost always voted to indict based exclusively on FBI agent testimony. The FBI isn’t the same as the police and we weren’t sending anyone to prison, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot these past few weeks and wondering if we’d vote the same now.

      • anon says:

        How much evidence have they falsified in their cases?” many. How many innocent people are in jail because of it? Many.

      • Kimmie says:

        This! There’s a family friend that was former police. He told me about a time when he lied on the stand for a traffic infraction. He thought it was funny. I thought it was terrifying. If he lied about something so relatively small, then they must be lying about big things too. This story confirms it. Defund and dismantle the police. Start from scratch with psych evaluations and at least a BA/BS degree before an extensive hiring process. They’re the real thugs. The Fraternal Order of Thugs.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I was lied to by police while on a jury. An officer testified that a driver was stumbling, slurring, fall down drunk. His partner said that was accurate. They were very convincing on the stand…until we got back to the jury room and saw the doctor’s report. The doctor’s report (taken less than 30 minutes from when the driver was pulled over) said the driver’s speech, gait, and eye movements were normal and not impaired.

        When I was up for jury duty another time after that case, I stated that if a police officer testified, and the only other person supporting his version of events was another police officer, I would be unable to believe the testimony because I had been lied to by police in a court of law. They pressed me on it. I said if an officer says XYZ happened and a member of the community backs them up, I will believe them. But if the only substantiating evidence is the word of another cop, I can’t trust it. I was dismissed from jury duty.

      • AMA1977 says:

        Police officers lie on the stand routinely. Obviously, not all officers and not all of the time, but many and often. My husband is a criminal defense attorney and the number of times he has caught an officer in a lie is staggering. They even have the opportunity to review their own incident report and notes before cross and STILL lie. My husband also routinely orders records on officer conduct, education, disciplinary actions and employment history in preparation for his trials, and it is STAGGERING to see the number of “bad apples” (eyeroll, they are actively spoiling the whole barrel) that just transfer around from county to county, department to department when they get into trouble. There is no accountability and no consequence for using excessive force, falsifying records, mishandling evidence…it is horrifying. He’s come across many dedicated, professional, honest officers in the years since he started his practice, but the number of dishonest, dirty cops with anger problems that he’s come across is unbelievable. I have not looked at the police the same way in a very, very long time.

    • Prayer Warrior says:

      Not here to argue. And maybe this is simply semantics. I find the term “defund” to be misleading and a misnomer. I realize it doesn’t have the same ring, but I both believe and hope the idea is to reallocate some funds. We still need police, good police. I think the term ‘defund’ has them thinking they’ll lose their pensions or pay or something. What we want them to lose are a whole slew of weapons:
      Which will never happen as long as the NRA has the country firmly in its grasp.

      • Edna says:

        I agree with you. Semantics is everything. “Defund” the police is open to interpretation and allows those opposed to twist and put forth their version of what it means. Reallocate, redesign, reimagine….not sure what word. But the message needs to be clearer that the goal is to decrease police funding and reallocate those sources to other things like schools, etc. and to create a new way of policing.

      • megs283 says:

        I agree, prayer warrior. Defund has a nice ring to it, but it turns off people who would probably otherwise completely agree with the movement.

      • noway says:

        Not to mention defund the police gives Trump his talking and twitter points. Although, the crazy Trumpers will never come around, the ones in the middle, and there are some, will not like this purely based on wording. It’s bad branding, as the actual idea and what the defund the police movement actually is, many in the middle will agree with. The left really kind of sucks at naming things. They seem to shoot themselves in the foot before they even start.

  2. Miranda says:

    Oh yay, more cop tantrums. *epic eye roll* Climb down off the damn cross, guys.

  3. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I can’t even begin to express how furious this makes me. You can come at this from so many angles, and there’s no escaping the vile sick pooling in these officer’s dangerous brains. They need padded cells.

  4. smee says:

    Grown men need milkshakes while working?

    • whatever says:

      This story had me so angry and then I read this and now I’m laughing so hard. I needed it. Thank you. 🙂

    • sa says:

      I’m an adult, and sometimes I need a milkshake too, even when I’m working. We all sometimes snack on the job. So, assuming they’re not blowing off something that is pressing, I can’t fault that part of it.

      I do find fault in pretty much every other part of it though…

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Easier to conceal.

  5. Lightpurple says:

    Despite the fact that the truth about this has been known for hours, Trump mouthpieces like Sean Hannity are still pushing the original story

  6. SamC says:

    Wasn’t there also a story about Austin police officers forging thank you notes to themselves after they had incidents with protesters?

    • Miranda says:

      Are you serious?! Jesus. Did they also send themselves flowers and a note with a plagiarised Lord Byron poem? It’s from another police department. In Canada. You wouldn’t know them.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        “It’s from another police department. In Canada. You wouldn’t know them.”

        there is so much brilliance in this shade. I BOW DOWN.

  7. Awkward symphony says:

    I hope shake shack sues them and pledges to donates the money to BLM and anti police brutality charities.
    This is yet more evidence of the danger of the police having too much power/weapons,liberty to shoot unarmed civilians..etc

  8. Kari says:

    I’m not surprised the NYPD is awful. I remember a few years back officers in plainclothes were harassing a Latino man outside of my building. My friend and I, Black and Latina women, stayed out in front with laundry bags and all to make sure they didn’t injure him. I knew they were cops because I had seen them in the neighborhood bothering other people before. Suffice to say they searched his entire car, threw out all his belongings onto the street to “search for drugs” all because the guy was Brown, drove a nice car and was doubled parked. They left all his stuff on the street and when they finally did leave the poor guy alone they had taken some of his money and to mess with him his car keys (although they had to him that they left them in the trunk, they didn’t we helped the man look). We asked if we could call on his behalf because we were worried what they would do to him since he was rightfully upset. I called 4x and it wasn’t until I let the dispatcher know that I knew exactly who these folks were and what they lookEd like that we saw them drive up slowly to us. These $$$&%#%*+ never stopped the car just slowed down said with laughter “looking for something” while dangling the keys and throwing them at our feet. This isn’t even by far the worst I’ve witnessed. So yes, I don’t believe any of the sympathy PR, that’s why I also hate all those social media posts with cops hugging and dancing with protesters. I know how they really treat communities of color so I say Abolish the damn Police already.

    • Aang says:

      I have an acquaintance on the Phoenix AZ PD. Not that long ago she bragged about pulling over Latinos and if they couldn’t speak English she’d toss the car, lock their keys in their trunk, and then drive away.

      • Kari says:

        I’m not surprised Phoenix is the worst. My friends are organizers there and were on the front lines of the movement to hold Arpaio accountable, it was a tough day when Cheeto head pardoned him.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        How can people be that TERRIBLE to other human beings?!?! And for NO REASON (other than racism).

  9. Some chick says:

    I am shocked. SHOCKED, I tell you!

  10. Feedmechips says:

    The victim complex is strong amongst the police, isn’t it?

  11. Lizzieb says:

    My god. You need to completely clean house.

  12. Nina Simone says:

    All Cop departments truly need a overhaul, there’s something within the cop culture that is anti-decency and empathy. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find a cop force more brutal, sinister and criminal than the NYPD. A bunch of liars, deviants and thugs. I’ll never believe a word they say. They also sexually harass women, I know tons of women that have been either sexually harassed Or intimidated by them. A friend of mine called to complain about an officer who harassed her but was told “they had no record of the officer and the badge number.” Disgusting

    NYPD has really terrorized communities of color in NYC for decades. We complete detest them. Which by the way, a majority of those on the force don’t even live in the city. But that’s another discussion.

  13. Pamspam says:

    Why would they be mad? Now they’re protected against Coronavirus. 😀

  14. Prayer Warrior says:

    So….Blue Bloods is not a documentary…??????????

  15. MellyMel says:

    They want to be seen as victims so bad. Sad!

  16. KellyRyan says:

    Redirect the funds, appoint a district attorney independent of law enforcement, psychologist on staff, monitoring and limit the police unions. We have coffee with a cop in ca scheduled once per year which includes retired LE. And we are honest. Pedo, burglaries, we put it all on the table. My opinion we need this nationwide.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      Excellent action items. I would add staffing forces with at least 50% women, doing away with qualified immunity, and taking all settlements out of pension funds.

  17. Mumbles says:

    The news has been updated. They weren’t poisoned. But I was rolling my eyes at these big burly working class heroes drinking their (kind of pricy) Shake Shack milkshakes like some sort of basics.

  18. Faye G says:

    The police need to be defunded, now. A bunch of over-armed, under-trained organized crime thugs is what they are. Reform does not work. Dismantle and rebuild from the ground up.

  19. paranormalgirl says:

    Those poor men. So maligned. For no reason.

    Yeah, no. I can’t type this without my eyes rolling far back in my head. They need to be held accountable for all their bullshit. And you know what? They need to lose their pensions if they are dirty. What needs to be completely abolished is the PBA. Stop covering for shitty officers. One crappy cop brings down the whole damned system.

  20. Sara says:

    Just waiting for the moment some awful information comes out about this Patrick Lynch character. Something is very off about him.

  21. Shannon Brown says:

    Noooooooo…. the trolls are coming after Shake Shack. Noooooooo…..

    Such good food.

  22. AppleTartin says:

    Now I am sure they will have to take a month off with pay. To recover from the horrible non-attack on them.

  23. AppleTartin says:

    So will they all be arrested for false accusations?

  24. whybother says:

    they lied? oh mah gawd.. shocking

    but seems like they targeting big corporations, mcd, burger king, shake shack, maybe those corporations can bring out their evil lawyers and sue the hell out of those cops and their precincts? their statement is hurting their brands~ i’m just saying~