Messages call for NYPD July 4th strike to protest anti-police climate

Text messages circulating throughout the New York Police Department are calling for members to “strike” on July 4 in protest of anti-police rhetoric and budget cut proposals as tensions in the wake of recent officer-involved deaths have reverberated across the city and country, sources confirmed to Fox News.

“NYPD cops will strike on July 4 th [sic],” states one of the two messages being sent around the NYPD. “To let the city have their independence without cops.”

The flier states that the alleged “strike” will begin at “1500 hours,” or 3 p.m. The New York Post was first to report the news. Fox News has confirmed the report and obtained images of both messages. It wasn’t immediately clear who started the chain.