Shake Shack under fire after 3 NYPD officers fall ill from drinking shakes

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If conditions weren’t bad enough for police officers, who have targets on their backs following the Black Lives Matter riots and the ensuing media coverage vilifying cops, they now have to be leery even when eating a meal.

Three NYPD police officers were taken to the hospital Monday night when they fell ill after drinking milkshakes at a Manhattan Shake Shack that may have been tainted with bleach, the New York Daily News reported.

The officers stopped for a meal at the burger chain’s location at about 8:30 p.m. and noticed their shakes tasted strange, the Daily News reported, citing police sources.

One of the cops noticed a “clump of something” in one of the cups, and a second cop smelled bleach before all three fell ill, sources said. After being held for observation, all three were eventually released from the hospital according to the spokeswoman.

NYPD launched an immediate investigation, questioning workers at the restaurant, The newspaper reported that three Shake Shack workers were escorted into an NYPD van from the 42nd Precinct. The woman and two men were not in handcuffs.

“They were looking in all the garbage cans and then a lot of cops went into Shake Shack. I thought they were looking for guns or drugs, some sort of evidence,” an MTA cleaner, told the Daily News. “This is the first time anything like this has happened.”

Shake Shake said in a tweet that they are “horrified” over the incident.

“We are horrified by the reports of police officers injured at our 200 Broadway Shack in Manhattan. We are working with the police in their investigation right now,” read a tweet from the company.

In a tweet posted at 4 a.m. Tuesday, NYPD Detective Chief Rodney Harrison said it had been determined that there was “no criminality” involved in the incident — the chief did not offer any further explanation.

“After a thorough investigation by the NYPD’s Manhattan South investigators, it has been determined that there was no criminality by shake shack’s employees,” Harrison tweeted.

The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, which represents more than 50,000 active and retired police officers, suggested in an earlier tweet that the incident was deliberate.

“When NYC police officers cannot even take meal without coming under attack, it is clear that environment in which we work has deteriorated to a critical level. We cannot afford to let our guard down for even a moment,” the NYC PBA tweeted.

A quick sampling of some of the vile responses to the story gives an indication of the troubling conditions police officers are enduring with the media pushing a narrative that racially driven police brutality is rampant in America — statistics do not support the claim.

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