‘Let the city have their independence without cops’: NYPD officers encouraged to ‘strike’ on 4th July, report says
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According to a report, New York police officers are encouraged to go sick on July 4 as a strike against major police reforms in the state.
A number of officials told the New York Post that they had received messages asking them to go on strike on Independence Day from 3:00 p.m. in response to a "perceived anti-cop climate".
"NYPD police officers will strike July 4 to allow the city to become independent without a police officer," the embassy said, which the police say will be passed on in text.
The post said it is unclear whether the messages are being written by other police officers.
"Police officers say we can't go on strike because of Taylor law," the message said.
"People and this city don't honor us, why we honor them."
The Taylor Act makes hiring civil servants punishable by fines and imprisonment, which often results in officials using sick days or the "blue flu" to organize protests while using their sick leave.
Another message allegedly contains instructions for officials to report sick in their area. If they are refused a sick day, the flyer is said to instruct them to call the NYPD main hospital.
"Police officers like you and I took an oath to protect strangers regardless of race, class or gender," the message said. "Today we are slandered and have to be one."
When the Independent was contacted by The Independent, the NYPD insisted that there would be no strike on July 4 or any other day.
"New York police officers will be here today, tomorrow, and July 4th to protect all New Yorkers," said Sergeant Jessica McRorie, spokeswoman for the deputy commissioner for the public information department.
"Proposing something else is wrong."
According to The Post, officials are asked to report to duty and then ask for an ambulance so that they can go home sick if the first attempts at illness fail.
"If you are detained because of the #Bluflu, request a bus and get sick from the command," says the flyer.
Police officers in the state and across the country have received increased public scrutiny and resistance following weeks of national unrest and protests triggered by George Floyd's death.
Many civil rights movements have called on officials to devalue the police and redistribute funds for social services and welfare programs, and have accused the police authorities of continuing to systematically commit racial discrimination against black Americans and police brutality.
PBA President Patrick Lynch told the newspaper that the New York police "have reached the breaking point".
"In the past few weeks, we have been attacked on the street, demonized in the media and vilified by virtually every politician in the city," said Lynch.
"Now we face the possibility of being arrested every time we do our job."
Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a comprehensive police reform agenda that includes banning chokeholds in the state.
Legislation includes a number of provisions, including law enforcement officials' banning of chokeholds, racial 911 false reports, and the appointment of the attorney general as an independent prosecutor for civilian-related matters.
Section 50A of the Civil Rights Act was also removed from the agenda to ensure the transparency of past disciplinary records by law enforcement officers.
"The murder of George Floyd was only the turning point in the systemic injustice and discrimination that has prevailed in our nation for decades, if not centuries," said Cuomo.
"These are issues the country has been talking about for a long time, and these nationwide leading reforms will long overdue change our police and criminal justice systems while helping to restore community confidence in law enforcement."
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this month that it would cut funding for the New York City Police Department.
"We know this is not a cure," said Ms. Stewart-Cousins, majority leader of the New York Senate, when she signed the "Say Her Name" agenda package last Friday.
"We know this is the beginning, but it is a step to bring justice to a system that has long been unjust."
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