UPDATE: A report from NYPD sources indicates that the whole situation was created by police officials who over-exaggerated the incident.
New York, NY – The New York City Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (PBA) announced Monday night that “several” police officers were poisoned at a Shake Shack.
The PBA released the statement at 10:47 p.m. Monday night on Twitter.
“This evening, several [police officers] assigned to a protest detail in lower Manhattan took meal at the Shake Shack location on Broadway and Fulton Street,” the PBA statement said.
New York City Detectives Endowment Association Presidents Paul DiGiacomo released a statement saying that three officers were poisoned.
“At some point during their meal period, the [police officers] discovered that a toxic substance, believed to be bleach, had been placed in their beverages,” the PBA statement claimed.
The PBA went on to explain that the officers had already consumed part of their beverages before the substance was discovered.
The officers were transported to a hospital for treatment and are expected to recover.
A warning has been issued by the PBA for all officers to eat in groups, remain vigilant, and inspect their food for tampering while they are on duty.
“When New York City police officers cannot even take a meal without coming under attack, it is clear that the environment in which we work has deteriorated to a critical level,” the PBA statement said. “We cannot let our guard down for even a moment.
#BREAKING 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. We cannot afford to let our guard down for even a moment. pic.twitter.com/fbMMDOKqbV— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) June 16, 2020
NYPD sources have told The Police Tribune that there is an active investigation into the incident, and no arrests have been announced as of 11:20 p.m. Monday night.
Shake Shack did not immediately return a request for comment.
UPDATE: NYPD said that “no criminality” was found in their investigation. Shack Shack released the following comment early on Tuesday morning.
“Our team is working hard to get the full picture. In the meantime, we’re relieved to hear the officers are all okay.”