Shake Shack Manager Sues NYC, Police Unions After Poisoning Hoax


The supervisor of the Manhattan Shake Shack the place a number of NYPD officers falsely claimed to have been poisoned final summer season is suing town, a number of cops, and two police unions for defamation.

In a swimsuit filed on Monday evening, Marcus Gilliam alleged that he was falsely arrested and unjustly humiliated after three cops on protest obligation in decrease Manhattan accused him of dosing their milkshakes final June.

After sipping the drinks, the cops — recognized within the swimsuit as Officers Strawberry Shake, Vanilla Shake, and Cherry Shake — complained to the supervisor that they tasted humorous. Gilliam responded by apologizing and giving the cops free vouchers, which they accepted, in accordance with the swimsuit.

Nonetheless, the officers allegedly knowledgeable their supervisor that they’d been fed a “poisonous substance,” probably bleach. The NYPD rapidly erected against the law scene at Shake Shack, sending 20 officers to query the shop’s staff, search by their baggage, and overview surveillance footages. The cops, who reportedly didn’t present any signs, have been rushed to Bellevue Hospital.

In a tweet that evening, the NYPD’s detectives union mentioned that officers had been “deliberately poisoned by a number of staff on the Shake Shack at 200 Broadway in Manhattan.” The Police Benevolent Affiliation echoed the declare, including that “law enforcement officials can not even take meal with out coming below assault.”

Since-deleted tweets from the PBA and the DEA alleging that officers were poisoned at Shake Shack


Since-deleted tweets from the PBA and the DEA alleging that officers have been poisoned at Shake Shack


The shakes have been ordered on a cell app, which might not have indicated that the purchasers have been NYPD officers.

Gilliam, 28, was arrested and brought to the first precinct, the place he was detained for hours, as detectives “taunted him about placing bleach within the milkshakes,” in accordance with the swimsuit. “You set three of my cops within the hospital,” the sergeant, who will not be named within the swimsuit, allegedly informed the supervisor.

He was launched at 1:30 a.m., across the similar time that the NYPD publicly acknowledged no wrongdoing on the a part of the Shake Shack staff. Each unions deleted their tweets, however didn’t problem a public apology to the supervisor.

The short-lived scandal got here on the coronary heart of final summer season’s racial justice demonstrations, and adopted a number of different allegations towards left-wing protesters that ginned up widespread outrage, however by no means bore out.

Earlier within the month, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea claimed with out proof that bricks and rocks had been strategically positioned at a nook in Gravesend, removed from any organized protests. The identical week, the division warned officers of “concrete disguised as ice crime” discovered close to a Manhattan protest, which many identified resembled testing samples generally used at development websites.

Gilliam alleges that the expertise brought on him terror and psychological anguish, in addition to misplaced wages and authorized charges. He’s looking for unspecified financial damages.

The NYPD referred remark to the Regulation Division, which mentioned they’ll overview the case. Inquiries to the 2 police unions named within the grievance weren’t returned.