(TheConservativeNews.org) – American law enforcement has faced unprecedented challenges over the last 12 months. Last summer, there were riots and violent protests across the country, many of which targeted police directly. The COVID-19 pandemic has added to their workload and complicated the job of policing considerably. On top of all that, they’ve had to face diminished public support due to the propaganda campaigns of organizations like Black Lives Matter.
With all this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that people are choosing to leave their jobs in law enforcement.
Seattle was one of the worst-affected cities during last year’s unrest. Things got so bad there at one point that protesters set up an “autonomous zone” without police for several weeks.
On Wednesday, April 28, the Associated Press reported that the Seattle Police Department has lost over 200 officers since last year, with the Department citing the “anti-police climate” in the area. This has reportedly led to a “staffing crisis.”
Another facet of this issue is the fact that Seattle authorities, with the encouragement of activists, are cutting police funding. Despite the number of officers who have departed and previous funding cuts, anti-police voices in Seattle are pushing for even less money to be put into policing.
On the opposite side of the country, a similar story is unfolding. On April 27, a 22-year veteran of the NYPD appeared on Fox News to discuss the dire situation in which New York police find themselves. Angel Maysonet spoke of the mental strain associated with being “vilified [and] painted as racist occupiers.”
Maysonet claimed the vast majority of NYPD officers plan to retire as soon as it’s financially viable. The statistics bear this out; over 5,300 officers either resigned or signaled their intention to resign in 2020, a 75% increase from the previous year.
It’s time for anti-police activists (and their cheerleaders in Washington, DC) to realize our society cannot function without effective policing. Unless we collectively decide to reverse this trend, law and order will quickly start to suffer.
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