3 have been arrested for dousing NY police officers with water in viral videos.
Three suspects are in custody on Wednesday in an investigation of the videotaped dousings of New York police officers with buckets of water.
— KUSI News (@KUSINews) July 25, 2019
One of the suspects has been identified as a gang member.
UPDATE: The 28-year-old man, a known gang member, who was wanted for dumping a bucket of water on our @NYPD73Pct cop in #Brooklyn has been arrested. Actions like we’ve seen in videos recently will NEVER be tolerated in this city. YOU WILL BE ARRESTED. pic.twitter.com/RXNGXa0KOo
— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) July 24, 2019
Eric Trump wrote
Mayor de Blasio is a disgrace to NYC and it is no wonder why virtually everyone in the NYPD detest him. This is what happens when you spew anti-police rhetoric and turn your back on Law Enforcement at every turn.
Mayor de Blasio is a disgrace to NYC and it is no wonder why virtually everyone in the NYPD detest him. This is what happens when you spew anti-police rhetoric and turn your back on Law Enforcement at every turn. #SupportOurCops
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) July 23, 2019
Police arrested Courtney Thompson, Chad Bowden and Isiah Scott on disorderly conduct, harassment and other charges. It wasn’t immediately clear whether they had lawyers to speak for them.
Thompson, 28, was one of the people seen on a widely watched video dousing two police officers on a Brooklyn street during the recent heat wave, police said.
Bowden, 28, and Scott, 23, were arrested in connection with a second clip that surfaced this week showing two other officers getting drenched while they were making an arrest in Harlem, police said. It appeared that one of the officers was hit in the head with a bucket.
The videos sparked outrage and led police officials to urge officers not to tolerate the behavior and to launch a search for suspects.
The appearance that the pranksters on both videos showed little fear of reprisal also fueled accusations against Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and other liberal politicians that their police reform policies have fostered a climate of disrespect for officers on the beat.