Police retirements speed New York City’s demise
After several months of turmoil and demonstrations, and an uptick in violence citywide, New York City’s police department (NYPD) has seen a surge of retirement applications by police officers that one official called “troubling.”
“From June 29 to July 6, filings soared 411% from the same period a year earlier, according to [Sgt. Mary Frances] O’Donnell, a spokesperson for the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information,” says CNN.
“The upsurge comes as calls have mounted to defund police departments and as protests against police actions continue since the Memorial Day death of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis.”
However, some insiders who have worked with NYPD are not surprised.
“The NYPD have been the gold standard for police forces in the nation. I’ve worked with them on counterterrorism issues since 85 & they have been amazing. A combination of @BilldeBlasio’s Marxism, incompetence & racism has utterly destroyed them,” tweeted former intel officer, Tony Shaffer.
Professor Maria Haberfeld, a professor of police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, says that the combination of stress, physical and verbal assaults, and the city’s permissive attitudes towards criminals will lead to even more retirements.
“It’s better to retire than endure this disrespect,” said Haberfeld.
“I’m sure that the numbers will continue to grow larger because we see continued violence, verbal and physical violence against the profession,” she told investigators at 7 On Your Side.
The local NBC news affiliate says that close to 400 officers were injured in two weeks of rioting over the George Floyd death in Minnesota, protests that the media described as “mostly peaceful.”
“Most of the hurt cops have been bloodied amid clashes with protesters but avoided more serious injuries. Given the fact that Molotov cocktails were thrown at both empty and occupied police vehicles early in the protests, and that a number of NYPD SUVs were torched by other means, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said it was a matter of luck that no cops were hurt worse or died,” reports 4 New York.
Still, the station says that the Civilian Complaint Review Board reported 633 complaints against officers during the period and that the “state attorney general is also expediting an independent investigation into the most violent encounters,” eager to punish cops.
The rush to harshly judge cops who are on the front line combating crime is forcing police to look for other options says one union official.
“These retirement and resignation numbers are one answer to the question on every police officer’s mind: how are we supposed to do our job in this environment?” asked Patrick Lynch, President of the Police Benevolent Association.
“City Hall and Albany have completely dismantled our justice system. They have passed a law that makes it virtually impossible to safely place a resisting person under arrest. And now that crime is out of control, they want to blame us for that, too,” Lynch added.
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