Insight from Dr. Darrin Porcher, former NYPD lieutenant, and Evy Poumpouras, former NYPD officer and author of 'Becoming Bulletproof.'
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New York City’s health commissioner blew off an urgent NYPD request for 500,000 surgical masks as the coronavirus crisis mounted — telling a high-ranking police official that “I don’t give two rats’ a–es about your cops,” The Post has learned.
Dr. Oxiris Barbot made the heartless remark during a brief phone conversation in late March with NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, right, with Mayor Bill de Blasio this past February. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Monahan asked Barbot for 500,000 masks but she said she could only provide 50,000, the sources said.
“I don’t give two rats’ a–es about your cops,” Barbot said, according to sources.
“I need them for others.”
The conversation took place as increasing numbers of cops were calling out sick with symptoms of COVID-19 but before the department suffered its first casualties from the deadly respiratory disease, sources said.