UPDATED Shake Shack 'horrified' by reports that NYPD officers hospitalized after drinking bleach
Three New York City police officers were taken to the hospital Monday night after drinking milkshakes that may have contained bleach at a Shake Shack restaurant in Manhattan, officials said, but investigators found no criminal wrongdoing.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison tweeted Tuesday that a thorough investigation was done. Police believe a solution used to clean the milkshake machines may have got into the officer's drinks.
The officers, all three in uniform, weren't seriously harmed and have been released from the hospital, the Detectives' Endowment Association said.
The NYPD did not confirm what was in the drink Monday night, but Police Benevolent Association, a police union, said in a statement to members that the substance is thought to be bleach.
Shake Shack said it was disturbed by the incident and working with officials.
"We are horrified by the reports of police officers injured at our 200 Broadway Shack in Manhattan," the popular chain tweeted Monday night.
New York City has been roiled with protests and unrest following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.
The union said the sickened officers had been on protest detail.
The police union tweeted before the investigation was done that "When NYC police officers cannot even take meal without coming under attack, it is clear that environment in which we work has deteriorated to a critical level."