‘Stop treating us like animals and thugs’: Head of NYC police union snaps at critics

‘Stop treating us like animals and thugs’: Head of NYC police union snaps at critics
New York Police Benevolent Association President Mike O’Meara (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Hear, hear!]

The president of a New York police officer union condemned the widespread criticisms of law enforcement that have been espoused by lawmakers and the press following the death of George Floyd.

New York Police Benevolent Association President Mike O’Meara said in a press conference Tuesday that officers are responsible for 375 million interactions with individuals in a given year, most of which he claimed were “overwhelmingly positive.” He said that all officers are being smeared because of the actions of one officer in Minneapolis.

“We all read in the papers that in the black community, mothers are worried about their children getting home from school without being killed by a cop. What world are we living in? That doesn’t happen. It does not happen,” he said.

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O’Meara added that he and his fellow officers are “not Derek Chauvin.”

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