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Shake Shack 'horrified' NYC officers' drinks may have had bleach

The NYPD said it determined there was 'no criminality' by Shake Shack's employees after 3 officers drank milkshakes believed to be contaminated with bleach.
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FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a bread delivery is made to a Shake Shack restaurant in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The burger chain Shake Shack says it will return a small-business loan it got to help weather the coronavirus crisis after topping up its funding. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NEW YORK — New York City police determined there was no criminality by Shake Shack employees after three officers drank milkshakes believed to be contaminated with bleach.

The police came to the determination after “a thorough investigation,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said in a tweet early Tuesday.

The officers had been assigned to work at a protest Monday evening in Manhattan when they stopped at the restaurant for a meal, The New York Patrolman’s Benevolent Association said in a statement. The officers determined “a toxic substance, believed to be bleach,” was added to their beverages, the statement said.

The officers went to a hospital for treatment but weren't seriously harmed, The Detectives' Endowment Association stated.

New York City news outlets WLNY and ABC7 NY reported that the incident appears to be accidental. Detectives are looking into whether the shake machine was improperly cleaned.

Shake Shack tweeted that it was “horrified” by reports of the alleged contamination. The restaurant chain said it was working with the police in the investigation. The company later tweeted, "Our team is working hard to get the full picture. In the meantime, we’re relieved to hear the officers are all okay."

Officers across the U.S. and world have been called to watch over protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

A video that created worldwide unrest shows George Floyd, who is black, on the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back while Officer Derek Chauvin presses him to the pavement with his knee on Floyd's neck. The video shows Chauvin, who is white, holding Floyd down for minutes as Floyd complains he can't breathe.

Bystanders can be heard begging the officer to take his knee off Floyd's neck. The video ends with paramedics lifting a limp Floyd onto a stretcher and placing him in an ambulance.

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