The NYPD is using crucial anti-terror resources to protect Verizon workers and equipment during a massive strike against the telecom giant, The Post has learned.Then all of a sudden, mysterious acts of sabotage started happening. Of course it's all just a coincidence or something.
The short-staffed department, already stretched thin in all five boroughs, is monitoring Verizon garages and following its trucks with cops from all over the city, including members of the Critical Response anti-terrorism units.
"We have to follow Verizon trucks all day," said one disgruntled officer. "Why don't they have private security? Why are police being used to help a private company?"
The strike has gotten hostile at some facilities, including in The Bronx, where a striking employee allegedly fired a BB gun at a non-striking worker.Obviously these union terrorists don't care about the safety of the public. As long as they get what they want, they're content to hold a gun to people's heads and hold the innocent hostage.
In Manhattan, picketing employees intimidated workers sent to splice a cable and refused to leave when police were called, according to a company legal filing.
In Albany, a striker pushed another worker into scaffolding, the company said.
"We have no issue with striking workers picketing and protesting outside our facilities, but it's irresponsible and dangerous when they take the extra step of blocking our employees from entering or exiting," Verizon spokesman Richard Young said.
"Our phones are lifelines for people who may need to make emergency communications."
Now the FBI is involved.
Spokesman Rich Young said the company, based in New York City, has discovered more than 90 acts of sabotage since the strike began last weekend. Young said wires had been cut in some places, causing the loss of phone and Internet service.So spoiled union goons don't get their way and we've got to devote anti-terror and FBI resources?
Among the nonresidential customers affected were a police department and a hospital, according to Michael Mason, Verizon’s chief security officer.
An FBI spokesman confirmed Thursday that the bureau is looking into the allegation. “Because critical infrastructure has been affected, namely the telecommunications of both a hospital and a police department, the FBI is looking into this matter from a security standpoint as part of our security efforts leading up to the 9-11 anniversary,” Special Agent Bryan Travers said in an email.
Only in Obama's America.