NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea blasted anti-cop protesters as “criminal groups” as he voiced concerns about the “constant” rhetoric against law enforcement.
The top cop made the comments on PIX 11 Wednesday morning, after host Dan Mannarino mentioned the cop-hating podcast posted online by Jessica Beauvais, 32, hours before she allegedly mowed down NYPD officer Anastasios Tsakos early Tuesday.
Mannarino asked Shea to speak about anti-cop rhetoric in general.
“I’ve been pretty vocal about it, Dan,” Shea said. “We had ‘Kill cops’ graffitied last week, not for the first time in New York City. We had the attack on the crime scene detective unprovoked … this week.
“You’re seeing a constant rhetoric … whether it’s at some of these criminal groups that walk around Manhattan — I’m not calling them protests at this point … they’re going around and committing crimes, and I think it’s long past time where leaders across this city stood up and called it out for what it is,” the commissioner added.
Shea said in the interview that he believes “the vast majority of people across this country support their law enforcement.”
Some of the group allegedly spray-painted “Kill cops,” “F–k the cops” and “ACAB” — which stands for “All cops are bastards” — on walls, doors and cars, including a Range Rover.
A city worker cleans graffiti from the USS Maine National Monument following a night of protests in New York.
But in a different interview with NY1 earlier Wednesday, Shea told host Pat Kiernan he believes “the vast majority of people across this country support their law enforcement, know that they need their law enforcement.”
In regards to some protesters, Shea said, “I think it’s long past time where leaders across this city stood up and called it out for what it is.”Lev Radin/Sipa USA
“I think the problem is, you know, there’s no consequences when they’re doing things and it’s fueling this just toxic environment right now,” he added. “I think that leaders [have] got to do a better job of standing up and calling it out, and I think people either don’t have the moral courage to do that, or they’re scared to do that because they’ll be protested against.”