It seems the new trend has been to hate on police officers, and because of that, several Minneapolis Police Department employees have quit their law enforcement jobs since the widespread unrest began over the death of George Floyd last month. At least seven cops have quit in the aftermath of the incident, not including the four former cops who were fired from being involved in Floyd’s death. The departures come amid a growing crisis for the state’s largest police force with a human rights investigation, calls for defunding, and even disbandment.
The current and former Minneapolis officers told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that they were frustrated with the way the department and city leaders failed to support them. One in particular was Mayor Jacob Frey’s decision to abandon the Third Precinct police station. This then allowed rioters to ransack the police station and set the building on fire, forcing officers to retreat. Officers reported feeling misunderstood and squeezed by all sides: by the state, the protesters, those who hurled bricks and epithets their way, by city leaders, by those who let a police station burn on national television, and most importantly by the media.
“Why should I say? They don’t feel appreciated. Everybody hates the police right now. I mean everybody,” Said Mylan Masson, a retired Minneapolis police officer and use-of-force expert.
Other officers have also spoken about why people are leaving the department, saying the number of those leaving the force are so downplayed it’s bound to be problematic.
The Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution to replace the police department with a “community safety” model. They declared the intent to create a transformative new model for cultivating “safety” in the city to replace its police force. This calls for a working group tasked with developing a set of preliminary recommendations for engaging with specific cultural and stakeholder groups, the community at large, and the city of Minneapolis, to help transition to a new model for cultivating community safety.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) also joined the movement to defund the police, claiming they have proven themselves beyond reform and that it is time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis. Many other Democrats have chimed in to state that the current infrastructure that exists as policing in our city should not exist anymore.
Officers of the Hallandale Beach Police Department were so angered by their chief kneeling with protesters that every member of the SWAT team resigned. The anti-police sentiment has been warned to cause a mass exodus in law enforcement. The consequences that will result from the “defund the police” movement and liberal political narratives in the mainstream media are bound to be severe.
Officers have spoken out that the current situation may be “too much” for the law enforcement community to recover from. The good men and women in blue have a thankless job that they do with dignity. The belief in hashtags and memes over the truth has created an environment in communities like you’d never expect. This is the America the Liberals always wanted people to believe. That all you have to do is wake up and put on a uniform to be racist.