WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Three NYC police officers got hospitalized after drinking milkshakes they ordered from Shake Shack in Manhattan.
- The casual fast-food chain was shocked to learn about the incident, said it would work with authorities in the investigation.
- Police union commented the incident only indicates that the working environment for officers is on a critical condition.
On Monday night, three New York City police officers were admitted to the hospital after reportedly sipping milkshakes that have a chemical that could be bleach at a Manhattan branch of Shake Shack fast-food restaurant, according to officials.
Reports also indicate all three officers are expected to recover.
While the New York Police Department (NYPD) did not divulge what was found on the drink last Monday night, the union Police Benevolent Association, wrote in a statement to its supporters that the ingredient is said to be bleach.
“The contamination was not discovered until the MOS had already ingested a portion of their beverages,” the union said in a statement, using an acronym for a member of service. “They are currently at the hospital receiving treatment and are expected to recover.”
A New York City authority echoed the union’s statement and said initial findings showed the chemical was bleach.
Shake Shack responded and said the company was worried about the incident and confirmed cooperation with officials. The restaurant told through Twitter on Monday evening that it was shocked upon learning that three police officers got hospitalized from their visit at the 200 Broadway Manhattan branch.
New York City has been facing demonstrations and disturbance following the killing of George Floyd, an African-American man who died while under the custody of Minneapolis officers. One of the arresting officers, Derek Chauvin, was seen on a video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost 9 minutes.
The union confirmed that the injured officers are assigned to the protests in New York. But whether the incident was something intentional is yet to be determined by the ongoing investigation.
Further information about the inquiry is not yet available by Monday night.
The police union tweeted that “When NYC police officers cannot even take a meal without coming under attack, it is clear that the environment in which we work has deteriorated to a critical level.”