A June 6 Twitter post by right-wing personality Ann Coulter has offended the New York Police Department.
"Paris police very macho, unlike the little girls on NYPD: Only 2 shots fired, one hit the Muslim in the thorax," she tweeted.
Her comment was in reference to an incident in Paris earlier in the day, when French police shot and wounded a man who attacked an officer with a hammer near the Notre Dame Cathedral, reports the New York Daily News.
The approximately 900 people in the cathedral were notified about the attack, and remained inside until they were permitted to leave, according to a statement by the Paris archdiocese, as reported by The New York Times.
As for Coulter's remarks, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association Pat Lynch President called them "as idiotic as they were insulting." He added: "She owes an apology to every NYC police officer who risk their lives daily to protect her. In particular, she owes an apology to Police Officer Irma Lozada and Moira Smith and countless others who have died protecting this city."
Lozada, who was killed in 1984, was the first female police officer to die in the line of duty in New York. Smith died while responding to the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Roy Richter, the president of the NYPD Captains Endowment Association, also expressed outrage at Coulter's tweet. "There are plenty of conflicted voices out there, but one thing remains true and that is the courage, dedication and bravery of our brothers in blue -- both in Paris and New York City."
Following the Paris attack, French interior minister Gerard Collomb made note of the weapon used. “One sees that we have gone from a very sophisticated terrorism to a terrorism where, in the end, any tool can be used to carry out attacks,” he said. The assailant reportedly shouted, "This is for Syria," before being shot and hauled off to the hospital.
France remains in a state of emergency following major terrorist attacks that rocked the country in January 2015, November 2015, and July 2016 claimed more than 230 lives, observes The Times.
The June 6 hammer attack was the fourth suspected terrorist incident this year.
In February, a knife-wielding man shouting, "God is great," in Arabic wounded a soldier at Louvre Museum in Paris, before being shot by another soldier. In March, another soldier was attacked by a gunman at an airport near Paris. In April, a gunman opened fire on a police van in Paris, killing one officer and wounding two others.