Questions Remain After Investigators Say 'Poisoning' of NYPD by Shake Shack Milkshakes Was Accidental

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Police form a line on Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in New York. Demonstrators took to the streets of New York to protest the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after he was pinned at the neck by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)


Last night, news broke that three NYPD officers had been poisoned via milkshakes they got from the popular fast food joint Shake Shack. Jennifer Van Laar covered the initial story shortly after it happened.

Now, investigators are saying they believe it was accidental.

The New York Police Department concluded that no Shake Shack employee intentionally poisoned the food purchased by three police officers amid allegations.

The investigators determined early Tuesday morning that there was “no criminality” perpetrated by any employee, according to a tweet from NYPD Detective Chief Rodney Harrison. Investigators believe the substance was actually a cleaning solution that had been used to clean the milkshake machine and that the machine still had some of the substance in it when the employee went to make their food, according to CNN.

This doesn’t answer much. Who left the cleaner in the milkshake machine and how does anyone know it was an accident? Just as the PBA perhaps jumped the gun in saying it was intentional, announcing no criminality within hours seems dubious as well.


Apparently, only these officers were poisoned by whatever the substance was. Why were more customers not affected? It’s possible only these three officers were getting shakes at a Shake Shack in a place as busy as New York, but that seems unlikely.

Further, who’s getting fired? People that end up poisoned from fast food usually have grounds for a lawsuit. Employees that make these mistakes end up fired. If no one even gets fired here, that also begs the question of why.

The current environment against police officers is toxic and leaving all these questions open after a rushed investigation is not going to sit well with a lot of people. We’ll keep you updated as more information comes in.



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