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OPINION Let police officers police

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:30 am

What happened earlier this week to our brave police officers who risk their lives every day was unspeakable. No officers should have a bucket of water thrown at them or be disrespected in any manner whatsoever on the job. We live in the biggest safest city in the world and the NYPD protects us from day-to-day harms. What if the buckets of water were not filled with water? What if it was harmful liquid, like bleach or acid? One may argue that the officers took the high road with not reacting to the men who splashed them with water. This could have escalated the situation.

One can also argue that the individuals should have been arrested immediately. For me, it was shocking and angry to watch. I was appalled by this inexcusable behavior. One point we can take away from this horrific incident is that there is more work to be done connecting communities and police officers.

The Neighborhood Coordinating Officer program links the community with its local police officers. In my Assembly district, the NCO program has been a huge success. I even held a one-year anniversary celebration for the 102nd Pct. NCO program with all the great work they have done building the bridges between residents and officers. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for every precinct in the city.

Mayor de Blasio needs to allow police officers to do their jobs. Why did these police officers feel inclined to walk away from the individuals who were harassing and taunting them and not make an arrest? The mayor needs to stand with police officers and make them feel empowered to do the job that they are trained to do — to protect and enforce the law. Take the handcuffs off the police officers and let them do their jobs.

Mike Miller is the Democratic Assemblyman representing Woodhaven, Ridgewood, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Glendale.

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  • 204th Street Jack posted at 5:38 pm on Thu, Aug 1, 2019.

    204th Street Jack Posts: 23

    Good comment Assemblyman Mike Miller and not often heard from your political party as well.

    I have family working for the NYPD and they are biding their time to retirement running out the clock so to speak and getting out of the NYPD and NY as well..

    Whenever someone unqualified to lead is in charge of such an organization morale is low due to that problem and anyone can see that, I only wonder why it happens these days and didn't in decades past..