(CNN) New York City law enforcement officials are expressing outrage over a pair of videos in which men are seen to be dousing on-duty officers with buckets of water — and in one instance hitting an officer in the head — during the city’s recent heat wave.
The videos, which appear to be shot using mobile phones and were circulated widely on social media, depict three different incidents.
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The NYPD has told its police officers they “are not expected to tolerate” having water thrown on them, after viral video surfaced of officers being doused.
In an internal message to the rank and file, the department told officers that such behavior would almost never rise to a crime.
Instead, officers were told charges available to them would include obstructing government administration, criminal tampering, harassment or disorderly conduct.