During a traffic stop, a motorist threw a Molotov cocktail and liquid chemicals at NYPD officers Saturday morning, said authorities.
The NYPD told Fox News that officers in Brooklyn attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2000 Lincoln Town Car before 8 a.m. When the driver was asked for his driver’s license and vehicle registration, the suspect did not comply and then tried to get out of the vehicle.
“Why are you getting out for?” asked the officer.
The man then threw an unknown liquid chemical at the officer’s face. The driver then fled in his vehicle.
The vehicle was stopped by officers later. The suspect allegedly threw a lit Molotov cocktail at a patrol vehicle.
The officer hit in the face with the liquid was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover, the police say.
Patrick Lynch, the President of the Police Benevolent Association, said that this incident was caused by politicians anti-police rhetoric.
“This is the violent behavior that their anti-police rhetoric has inspired,” said Lynch. “Until politicians stop encouraging hatred and violence towards police officers, we must be prepared to face such attacks AT ALL TIMES, both on and off duty.”
“Words matter,” said NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “Earlier this week we said that again after graffiti that proclaimed “kill cops” This morning..a Molotov cocktail thrown at an occupied marked police car Now more than ever is the time to come together, to move forward together,” he wrote.”