Chaos broke out in New York’s Harlem neighborhood on 7th Ave and West 133rd St. around the NYPD’s 32nd Precinct at 3:45 am on Sunday.
A group of around 500 people crowded on 7th Ave between 131st and 133rd and ambushed police upon arrival, an NYPD spokeswoman said in a statement.
Although shots were fired and shell casings later found, no injuries were reported. However, when police attempted to disperse the crowd, individuals hurled glass bottles and other projectiles at the officers.
More NYPD units arrived on the scene and further flying debris caused damage to an NYPD vehicle’s windshield on the driver’s side. No officers were injured and the crowd was dispersed by 6:20 am.
The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, which represents over 50,000 active and retired New York City Police Officers released video of the 2 and a half hour fracas stating in the tweet to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson:
“This is what a “light touch” looks like: Police officers responding to shots fired job in Harlem last night were met with this. @NYCMayor, @NYCSpeakerCojo, and company should be held responsible for surrendering our city.
This is what a “light touch” looks like: Police officers responding to a shots fired job in Harlem last night were met with this. @NYCMayor, @NYCSpeakerCojo and company should be held responsible for surrendering our city. pic.twitter.com/R64BYTUhvY
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) June 28, 2020
New York City Councilman Chaim Deutch, a Brooklyn Democrat, tweeted, “This is what anarchy looks like. The leadership in this city has done tremendous damage to communities plagued by violence by encouraging a hostile relationship with law enforcement.”
De Blasio and Johnson are currently in talks about massive budget cuts to the NYPD, as officers are leaving the force in droves for jobs in other agencies or opting to retire altogether.