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John Nuthall


October 4, 2023

PBA statement on the increase in assaults on police officers

During a press conference today regarding crime statistics for the 3rd quarter of 2023, NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri stated that the increase in felony assaults in 2023 is being driven in large part by an increase in assaults on police officers.

PBA President Patrick Hendry said:

“There is a simple reason that assaults on cops are going up. It’s because anti-police activists — many of them on the public payroll — have normalized violent resistance against police officers. Charges against criminals who assault cops are frequently downgraded or thrown out, while hard-working cops are having their careers destroyed for using appropriate force to defend themselves or safely make an arrest. Police officers are literally getting beaten up in this environment. It’s another reason that cops are still quitting in droves.”

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The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (PBA) is the largest municipal police union in the nation and represents nearly 50,000 active and retired NYC police officers.