NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Wednesday that large gatherings like an Orthodox funeral held in Brooklyn Tuesday night were endangering his police officers — as the mayor claimed he has a “long deep relationship with the orthodox Jewish community.”
Shea, who said a paltry 12 summonses were issued, also pushed back against criticism that other groups were holding similar gatherings.
“There was two funerals last weekend for members of the NYPD, we would normally have probably tens of thousands of people at that funeral, we had a handful,” Shea said of scaled down police officer funerals.
“People have to be accountable for their own actions, regardless of what neighborhood, ethnicity, where they come from, we cannot have what we had last night. We will not tolerate it.”
A visibly annoyed Shea said future gatherings will be broken up swiftly.
“It better not happen again, it can’t … we can talk about this to the cows come home,” Shea said. “It doesn’t get any crystal clear of this for me. You are putting my cops’ lives at risk, and it’s unacceptable.”
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