Seattle cops quit in record numbers, citing ‘socialist city council,’ and ‘Marxist collaboration’
Seattle anti-cop protesters can take solace in the fact that, in a way, their protests are working, but not exactly in the way they intended.
That’s because Seattle police officers are leaving the force in droves, essentially giving the city a big middle finger, saying that if the people of Seattle don’t want police, they can find other cities to work in.
“At least 118 Seattle police officers separated from the department, the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH has confirmed. In September alone, 39 officers left the force when the typical number for that month is between 5 and 7. Even new recruits are leaving,” says the station’s KTTH 770 AM website.
That leaves the force with just 1,200 officers or the lowest number in two decades says the Rantz show.
And officers are not shy about why they are leaving.
Local KOMO news says that exit interviews with officers have been brutal, blasting far left policies and politicians who are destroying the city.
“I refuse to work for this socialist city council and their political agenda. This agenda sacrifices the health and well-being of the officers and ultimately will destroy the fabric of this once fine city,” said one retiring patrol sergeant, according to KOMO.
“I highly doubt it. You could pay me twice what you’re paying me now and I would not work for Seattle under this current political mayhem, Marxist collaborations and lack of government and police leadership,” said one 11-year canine officer when asked if he’d be open to work for the city again.
A report last week said that nationwide the number of police officers is declining from a peak of 232 officers per 100,000 residents to 216 per 100,000 residents.
The Daily Mail says that it’s not just Seattle that’s being affected. Cops are leaving big cities to go to Western towns that are more supportive of police.
“Similar scenes have played out in New York City, Minneapolis, and other large cities that have seen major protests against the police, as well as police department budget cuts,” says the UK tabloid.
It’s not just rank-and-file members who are leaving either.
Carmen Best, the former Seattle Chief of Police, swapped her badge for a microphone.
The now-retired top-cop “will be a law enforcement analyst at KING 5, the TV station announced Monday. Expect to see Best both on television and on digital platforms,” says Seattle’s MyNorthwest.com.
One police professional said that fewer cops will translate into more crime sooner rather than later.
“We all know that more cops equals less crime – that’s an undisputed fact,” retired police Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith, a spokeswoman for the National Police Association told the Daily Mail. “We are going end up with a [police] shortage, because it takes about a year from the time you hire a police recruit to getting them in car by themselves doing police work.”
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