Law enforcement officers are seen as the thin blue line between the honest community and the criminal underworld. But recent text messages seen by the New York Daily News demonstrate just how thin that line can be.
Following the arrest of New York State trooper Dana Narvaez early Friday morning in the Bronx, some members of New York State Police have declared "open season" on the New York City Police Department, according to texts passed around by cops.
Narvaez was found Friday passed out at the wheel of his running car outside his home in the Bronx. He was given a breathalyzer test, which showed that his blood alcohol concentration was twice the legal limit.
“O.K. It’s official. Open season on NYPD members,” one text read, the Daily News reported.
Since Narvaez's arrest, the NYPD's 45th Precinct has received threatening calls from people claiming to be state troopers, the Daily News reported.
The arrest came days after President Donald Trump told the nation that police should be absolved if they commit police brutality. Something that police departments around the country have had to denounce. That doesn’t seem to apply to cop-on-cop altercations.
In response to the intimidating messages, NYPD union leaders have informed their membership about the threats and encouraged them to obey traffic laws when driving in Westchester County or upstate.
“We just wanted the members to be careful on the road and obey the speed limit because they’re looking,” one union head told the Daily News, referring to state troopers. “We’ve been down this road before.”
Narvaez, who was released without bail at his arraignment on Friday, refused to comment to the Daily News.