NEW YORK – Police unions are calling out Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson for an incident in Harlem, where people threw bottles and other objects at NYPD cars.
It stems from video posted on Instagram showing the scene shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday near West 133rd Street and 7th Avenue.
Police said officers were responding to reports of shots fired.
Hundreds of people were crowded in the street.
Police called for backup, but attempts to move towards the crowd were again met with bottles and debris.
The group dispersed around two hours later.
The Police Benevolent Association put out a tweet saying the mayor and Council speaker should be held responsible for “surrendering” the city.
The Sergeant’s Benevolent Association also shared criticism on Twitter, telling others in law enforcement not to visit the city or encourage friends and family to visit.