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'Biggest group of cowards I've ever met': Nassau PBA talks tough on MS-13 threats

Police across Long Island are on alert after a threat from the gang to kill police officers

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HEMPSTEAD — Following a threat from the MS-13 gang to kill a police officer in retribution for recent arrests of its members, PBA President James McDermott said the Nassau County Police Dept.'s immediate response to the situation was inadequate on Friday. McDermott stated he wants full manpower on the streets and for officers to double up.

“I have to tell you that I wasn’t happy at all with the Nassau County Police Dept.’s response at the beginning [to the situation]. I thought it was inadequate,” McDermott said. “I felt that we needed to double cars to protect the officers. They can’t be in one-man radio patrol cars; there’s nobody watching their back.”

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder announced that the police will be doubling up, among other measures taken for their protection.

“We’ve moved [Bureau of Special Operations] into the area; we’ve also had emergency service units in the area. We’re doubling up the cars that surround the area both within the first and fifth precinct,” Ryder said.

McDermott also called MS-13 cowards.

"I just want to say that you’re the biggest group of cowards I’ve ever met in my entire life,” McDermott said. “You’re a bunch of cowards. If you’re out there listening to me, I’m calling you cowards. We’re going to get you, and we’re going to get you together.”

There is a $25,000 reward from Nassau County Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest. PBA also announced that it’s offering an additional $25,000 reward.

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