City leaders call on NYPD to investigate police unions after false claims about Shake Shack

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MANHATTAN — City Council members on Thursday demanded the NYPD investigate police unions after they falsely claimed Shake Shack workers “intentionally poisoned” police officers.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilman Ritchie Torres, who serves as chair of the Council’s Oversight and Investigations Committee, also want the Department of Investigation and the Civilian Complaint Review Boardto investigate whether claims by the Police Benevolent Association and the Detectives’ Endowment Association violated city laws

“These inflammatory actions not only further damage the relationship between police and the public, they violate city rules,” Johnson said. “We wouldn’t tolerate this kind of behavior from any other City employees and we should not tolerate it from police union leaders. We need to hold them accountable.”

Hours after unions issued statements about milkshakes from a Manhattan Shake Shack, the NYPD determined there was no criminality; police sources said a machine at the chain’s Fulton Center location was improperly cleaned.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday blasted union leaders over the Shake Shack incident.

“These union leaders don’t want the truth,” he said. “They just want to sow division and we have to figure out what the limits are on their right to do that.”

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