NYPD department chief Terence Monahan was seen on the video sternly reminding his officers that 46 members of the police force died from COVID-19.
“That’s why we all need to wear a face mask when in public spaces, departmental facilities and where social distancing is not possible,” Monahan said in the video. “NYPD cops will lead the way. Thank you for all you do for this city, stay safe and wear your mask. ”
The video, obtained exclusively by NBC New York, is part of a full-fledged NYPD press after complaints ranging from ordinary citizens to Governor Andrew Cuomo began to mount.
“What message are you sending us, that’s what we want to know,” said Shania Gard, resident of Staten Island.
The governor expressed frustration at the situation at a press conference this week, as city and state have meanwhile battled over COVID cases and have fought for citizens to wear masks .
“Why doesn’t the NYPD wear masks? What signal does this send? Cuomo asked angrily.
Likewise, Mayor Bill de Blasio also called the NYPD officers.
These are the people who enforce the law, they must also obey the law, and people must see them obeying the law, ”said de Blasio.
Chief Monahan said that while the NYPD does not currently have thousands of cops sick with coronavirus, as it did at the start of the pandemic, many still test positive for COVID-19.