After New York City police officers evacuated a Bronx apartment building amid a sixth-floor fire Tuesday, video shows someone in the rowdy crowd on the street tossing an open half-gallon of milk at an officer — and onlookers reacted with laughter and cheers, the New York Post reported.
"Ha! They got milked on!" one person was heard saying on the clip, which the paper said was posted on Instagram and came with superimposed text and an emoji that sent a "F*** the police" message.
What are the details of the milk-throwing incident?
Firefighters battled the 2-alarm blaze — which left seven people injured, including two cops and an FDNY member — while officers got people out of the apartment building and controlled the scene, officials told the Post.
But a crowd formed outside and became rowdy, police told the paper — which is when the culprit, apparently egged on by an onlooker, threw the milk.
The video shows cops ducking as the container heads toward them, but the milk still splatters on what appears to be a fire truck as well as on the officer's uniform — and the cop simply stares back at the crowd.
Here's the clip:
The Post said officers chased the man, but he got away. Police were still looking for him Thursday evening and said he's wanted for assault:
Image source: Twitter
Four residents were injured in the fire, officials told the paper, adding that 17 families were displaced and several outraged people were arrested. A woman was charged after attacking an officer and ripping off his body camera, the Post said, adding that two others were taken in for disorderly conduct — but no one was seriously hurt.
The Post interviewed one building resident in a separate story who said police were pepper-spraying the crowd and that milk was on hand to alleviate the pain. NYPD officials Thursday night could not immediately confirm if the pepper-spraying occurred, the paper said.
"People got mad …They said they were trying to get back into the building," one resident told the Post.
How did police officials respond to the milk throwing?
The Police Benevolent Association told the paper that city leaders are to blame for the milk-throwing incidents and related acts, insisting they've created a "cop-hating" environment.
"It is becoming impossible for police officers to do our job, even in emergency situations," PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said in a statement, the Post reported. "At a fire scene, our role is to clear the area so that firefighters can contain the fire and prevent loss of life. This crowd didn't care: They wanted to fight the cops who were there to help."
Lynch continued, the paper noted: "Thankfully everybody made it out this time, but our city leaders need to wake up. If they keep encouraging cop-hatred and interference with our duties, lives will be lost because we were prevented from doing our job."