Vice President Mike Pence and popular internet preacher Greg Locke are among several conservatives condemning viral videos that surfaced Monday showing NYPD officers being doused with water by residents in Harlem and Brooklyn, New York, over the weekend as multiple suspects in the cases were arrested.
“This conduct is disgraceful. President @realDonaldTrump and I will ALWAYS stand with the brave men & women of our law enforcement who serve on the thin blue line everyday. #StandWithNYPD,” Pence wrote in a tweet Tuesday.
“Videos posted online show NYPD officers getting drenched with buckets of water & hit in the back of the head with a plastic bucket by laughing & gloating young men. Where’s the outrage about this? Where’s the wall to wall cable news coverage?” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked on Twitter.
In the Harlem video, officers who do not react to the abuse are doused with water and a bucket is hurled at one of them as they make an arrest of a suspect. Another video shot in Brooklyn shows two police officer being soaked from head to toe by a group of men. The officers also walk away quietly without reacting even though at one point one of the men in the video walks up to one of the retreating officers and dumps a blue bucket of water over his head.
Outspoken internet preacher and lead pastor of Global Vision Bible Church in Tennessee, Greg Locke, did not mince his words about the attack on the officers, calling the young men “cop-hating thugs” in a video response post on Twitter late Tuesday.
“So now apparently it’s supposed to be cool to attack police officers, to not only disrespect them but to dump buckets of water on them and then the world has a meltdown and says, ‘Oh, it’s not a big deal, it’s just water and they’re just police officers,” he began.
“Let me tell you something skippy, those officers protect your life. You’re not gonna call those water boys when somebody breaks into your house. You’re not gonna call Ben and Jerry’s or an Uber, you’re gonna call the police,” he continued.