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Rumors Of NYPD ‘Blue Flu’ Coming During City’s 4th Of July Celebrations

New York, NY – Law abiding New Yorker’s are waiting with trepidation to find out if threats that New York Police Department (NYPD) officers will strike on the 4th of July will come true.

The New York Post reported Thursday that police sources said there were two flyers circulating via text message encouraging NYPD officers to call out sick on July 4.

“NYPD cops will strike on July 4th to let the city have their independence without cops,” read one of the messages that also said the strike would kick off at “1500 hours” or 3 p.m. on Independence Day, according to FOX News.

“[Cops] say we can’t strike because of the Taylor Law,” the message continued.

New York State’s “Taylor Law” prohibits public employees from going on strike in that state, according to FOX News.

“The people and this city doesn’t [sic] honor us why honor them [sic],” the flyer continued. “So its easy to loot and riot without repercussions but its not easy to do our job because the city will hang us.”

Yet another message circulated to NYPD officers via text was entitled “#Bluflu.”

The hashtag #BlueFlu began trending on social media on Wednesday after countless Atlanta police officers walked off the job in response to murder charges filed against the officer who shot 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy’s after Brooks fired a stolen Taser at him.

A “Blue Flu” is the colloquial term for an unofficial police strike.

The second text message to the officers explained exactly what they should do on July 4 to stay off the city’s streets.

“Police officers like you and me took an oath to protect strangers regardless of race, class or gender,” the message reads. “Today we are vilified and must stand as one.”

The message instructed officers to call their precinct on July 4 and ask for a sick day, the New York Post reported.

If they are told no, the next step is to call the main NYPD sick desk to report themselves unable to work.

Finally, as a last resort, officers who aren’t granted sick leave should go into work and then ask for an ambulance, the New York Post reported.

“If you are held because of the #Bluflu, request a bus and go sick from command,” the flyer read.

“Blue Flu” has long been considered a sort of widespread joke nationwide by police officers.

The walkout in Atlanta on Wednesday night was the first action of its size and kind by police officers ever recorded.

NYPD Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Patrick Lynch said that while Blue Flu was a joke for generations, “the situation we are in right now is no joke.”

Lynch said officers in New York City “have reached the breaking point,” the New York Post reported.

“Over the past few weeks, we have been attacked in the streets, demonized in the media and denigrated by practically every politician in this city,” the union boss said. “Now we are facing the possibility of being arrested any time we go out to do our job.”

NYPD sources told The Police Tribune that while they’d love to believe the sickout will happen on the 4th of July, they thought it was unlikely and called it “wishful thinking.”

“I think it’s guys just doing some wishful thinking, but no one actually thinks there’s going to be a job action that day,” one NYPD officer said.

“They talk about it, but when the overtime details come down, guys will have a miraculous recovery,” he said, half-joking.

But the veteran NYPD officer warned The Police Tribune that if the current anti-police environment were to continue, it would not be surprising if officers actually got the Blue Flu and called out over Labor Day weekend.

“That’s when the West Indian parade and associated events happen,” he explained. “Every year there’s a body count after that.”

NYPD has officially said there will not be a sickout on Independence Day, the New York Post reported.

“New York City Police Officers will be here today, tomorrow, and on the 4th of July to protect all New Yorkers,” NYPD Spokesperson Sergeant Mary Frances O’Donnell said.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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