The New York City Police Department has determined there is “no criminality” after an investigation into a Shake Shack where three police officers were allegedly poisoned.
In a tweet, NYPD Detective Chief Rodney Harrison announced the final determination of the investigation.
“After a thorough investigation by the NYPD’s Manhattan South investigators, it has been determined that there was no criminality by shake shack’s employees,” Harrison tweeted.
As the Washington Examiner reports, the Detectives’ Endowment Association claimed the unidentified officers were “intentionally poisoned” by at least one worker after the trio felt ill after ordering milkshakes.
The officers were then rushed to a local hospital.
DEA President Paul DiGiacomo and the DEA Board of Officers issued a statement saying the officers were not “seriously harmed.”
“After tasting the milkshakes they purchased they became ill, making it necessary for them to go to an area hospital. Fortunately, our fellow officers were not seriously harmed,” the statement read.
#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
The Washington Examiner adds:
According to an early report from NY1, police are investigating whether a chemical was put in the milkshakes. The local CBS affiliate reported just before midnight that no arrests have been made.
A statement from the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, a union representing officers, said the three officers discovered “a toxic substance, believed to be bleach” in their drinks.
From one perspective this is a relief, but from perspective of trusting Shake Shack quality control, less so: “the incident was accidental, possibly the result of cleaning solution that wasn't properly removed from the shake machine.” https://t.co/d8sUts9Om2
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) June 16, 2020
Shake Shack also released a statement saying they were looking into the incident.
“We are horrified by the reports of police officers injured at our 200 Broadway Shack in Manhattan. We are working with the police in their investigation right now,” the company said.
We are horrified by the reports of police officers injured at our 200 Broadway Shack in Manhattan. We are working with the police in their investigation right now.
— SHAKE SHACK (@shakeshack) June 16, 2020
“Our team is working hard to get the full picture. In the meantime, we’re relieved to hear the officers are all okay,” the statement continued.
Our team is working hard to get the full picture. In the meantime, we’re relieved to hear the officers are all okay. https://t.co/rjJYFSYjZc
— SHAKE SHACK (@shakeshack) June 16, 2020
According to the Washington Examiner, the Shake Shack incident is just the latest in a series of harassments and attacks against law enforcement in recent weeks.
From the report:
Hundreds of NYPD officers have been injured throughout the last three weeks of protests. Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Fox News earlier this month that 600 police officers were considering leaving the force amid the sometimes violent demonstrations. The NYPD is also undergoing reforms, including the reassignment of 600 undercover officers in the Anti-Crime Unit, in a shift to focus on more community-based efforts.
“Police in New York City and across the country are under attack by vicious criminals who dislike us simply because of the uniform we wear. Emboldened by pandering elected officials, these cowards will go to great lengths to harm any member of law enforcement,” the DEA statement said. “We MUST be more vigilant than ever. We urge you to not buy food from locations unknown to you. Keep your eyes open and be alert at all times. Make sure you always stay with your partner — and back one another up. Inspect your vehicle — personal and department — before you drive.”
NEW: NYPD investigating three officers who became sick after drinking milkshakes from a Shake Shack in lower Manhattan a NYPD spokeswoman tells @CNN.
The officers were transported to a local hospital for evaluation. They are expected to be okay, the spokeswoman said.
— Pervaiz Shallwani (@Pervaizistan) June 16, 2020