NYPD officers hospitalised after drinking milkshakes ‘spiked with bleach’
Three New York Police Department (NYPD) officers were hospitalized after consuming milkshakes that were believed to contain bleach.
The shakes, which were bought at a Manhattan shake shack on Monday night, may have been bleached, according to New York's largest police union.
"At some point during their mealtime, they discovered a toxic substance that is believed to be bleach added to their drinks," said the NYC Police Benevolent Association (NYCPBA) in a statement.
The NYPD then launched an overnight investigation to determine whether the incident was "accidental or deliberate," the department said.
All three police officers were released from the hospital hours later after being treated and monitored overnight.
The NYCPBA said in its statement that officials had already taken milkshakes when they noticed the suspected poisoning.
"If police officers in NYC can't even eat without being attacked, it's clear that the environment in which we work has deteriorated to a critical level," added Patrick Lynch, president of the police union.
The incident occurs after protesters and police forces clashed against police violence and racism after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis last month.
The NYCPBA sent a letter to some 20,000 members on Monday with concerns about food and beverage contamination by the police.
"Eat a meal in groups of two or more whenever possible and stay vigilant throughout the meal," warned the union.
Shake Shack said Monday night that it was "horrified by the reports of injured officers" and that it would cooperate with the police to investigate the incident.
On Tuesday morning, NYPD detective chief Rodney Harrison announced that there had been no crime.
"After a thorough investigation by NYPD investigators in Manhattan South, it was found that Shake Shack employees had committed no crime," Harrison wrote on Twitter.
Shake Shack added that his “team is working hard to get the full picture. In the meantime, we are relieved to hear that the officials are doing well. "
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