Police in the US have claimed three officers were poisoned when their milkshakes were filled with bleach.
The three NYPD officers fell ill after drinking milkshakes from a branch of Shake Shack during a recent Black Lives Matter protest in New York.
Sources say it’s believed the shakes were contaminated with bleach while the officers were assigned to watch the protests following the death of George Floyd.
Employees at the Shake Shack in Downtown Manhattan were questioned following the incident and three members of staff – two men and a woman – were seen being taken to a police van.
It’s not known if any arrests have been made, but the three employees weren’t wearing handcuffs.
Samples of the milkshakes have been taken for testing.
Groups representing the police claim the officers were “intentionally poisoned”.
The officers – members of the Bronx’s 42nd Precinct – had been assigned to protests in New York on Friday night.
Shake Shack has responded to the alleged poisoning.
In a statement on Twitter, the company said: “We are horrified by the reports of police officers injured at our 200 Broadway Shack in Manhattan.
“We are working with the police in their investigation right now.”
Sources told the New York Daily News that before falling ill, the officers noticed their shakes tasted “strange”.
One of the officers reportedly noticed a “clump of something” in their cups while another smelled bleach.
NYPD officers were seen searching through the bins outside the building where the Shake Shack is located.
The NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which speaks for the interests of the police, tweeted: “When NYC police officers cannot even take a meal without coming under attack, it is clear that the environment in which we work has deteriorated to a critical level.
“We cannot afford to let our guard down for even a moment.”
The New York Daily News said investigators found a bottle of cleaning fluid that had been used to clean the milkshake machines, but it was unclear if the officers had been purposely targeted.