UPDATE: No foul play found after NYPD cops get sick from Shake Shack shake

UPDATE: June 16, 2020

Per Chief Rodney Harrison:

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.

Per Forbes:

How exactly the milkshakes were contaminated. Multiple reports, including a followup statement from DEA, suggest that disinfectant—potentially bleach—from improperly cleaned machines could be the cause. CBS News reported, citing police, that a sample of the shakes were taken to a lab for testing.

Three NYPD officers were fell ill after drinking milkshakes from Shake Shack

Sources said it’s believed the shakes were contaminated with bleach 

The three cops were rushed to hospital where they are being treated


DailyMail reports the NYPD are investigating a potential hate crime, in the suspected poisoning of three officers at a New York Shake Shack.

The officers – members of the Bronx’s 42nd Precinct assigned to protest detail – had fallen sick after consuming food from the Shake Shack on Broadway and Fulton Street in downtown Manhattan Friday night at about 8.30pm.

It is believed that one of the restaurant employee may have contaminated the officer’s milkshakes with bleach.

The three officers were rushed to Bellevue Hospital where they are being treated. They are currently in stable condition, according to reports.

The Shake Shack tweeted that it was cooperating with the police investigation and were ‘horrified’ by the reports that the officers were ‘injured’

Sources told the New York Daily News that prior to falling ill, the officers noticed their shakes tasted strange. One of the officers reportedly noticed a ‘clump of something’ in their cups, while another smelled bleach.

Officers spent several hours collecting evidence at the Shake Shack. Samples of the milkshakes have been taken for testing.

NYPD officers were also seen searching through garbage cans outside the building where the Shake Shack is located, while standing guard over milkshakes – believed to be the ones the officers threw out after drinking them – on the sidewalk.

Sources told CBS New York that employees at the downtown Shake Shack are being interviewed but no arrests have been made.

The New York Daily News reported that shortly after midnight, three Shake Shack workers – two men and a woman – were escorted to a NYPD van belonging to the ill officers’ 42nd Precinct.

It’s unclear if they were under arrest, but they were not handcuffed when taken to the van.