Three police officers have been rushed to hospital after drinking a milkshake believed to be deliberately laced with poison at a fast-food restaurant.
The officers drank from beverages purchased at Shake Shack in Manhattan, New York City, on Monday (local time) and felt sick afterwards, according to an “urgent safety message” issued by NYC Detectives.
They were all transported to a local hospital for treatment and were fortunately not “seriously harmed”, police said.
“At some point during their meal period, the MOS (members of service) discovered that a toxic substance, believed to be bleach, had been placed in their beverages,” the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association said in a statement.
“The contamination was not discovered until the MOS had already ingested a portion of their beverages.”
The officers had been assigned to a protest in Lower Manhattan, the association said.
Like most US cities, New York has had daily protests demanding racial justice since the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis.
Shake Shack said on Twitter the outlet was horrified by reports of injured officers.
It was not clear if a member of the public or Shake Shack employee was suspected of putting the substance in the officers’ drinks.
The incident appears to have sparked serious concern for the welfare of police, with officers seemingly being targeted by angry members of the public in the wake of Mr Floyd’s death.
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