Members of New York’s finest are ready to turn in their badges thanks to a sharp rise in anti-cop sentiment and a lack of support from leadership.
Hundreds of NYPD officers have already resigned from the force, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday, and others are considering retirement as New York leaders turn their backs on the cops.
Ready to quit?
Nationwide unrest over the police killing of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis has led to violent clashes between protesters and police, and Republicans and Democrats have agreed that some kind of reforms to policing are needed. But as calls to “defund the police” grow on the activist left and the media screech about “systemic racism” in law enforcement, some cops are feeling abandoned by leaders in New York.
“Honestly, we feel alone out there,” Ed Mullins, of the Sergeants’ Benevolent Association, told the Examiner. “You go out and spend 17 hours on this day, and then you check your phone, and you have certain members of Congress, the governor, the mayor, and they’re saying that we’re not doing a good job.”
But the NYPD has received little support from up top: New York’s Democrat governor, Andrew Cuomo, criticized the NYPD for their response to rioting and looting that tore through the Big Apple, the New York Post reported, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has a fractious relationship with the city’s cops, has acceded to demands to “defund the police” by making cuts to the budget, although he has been criticized by activists for not being tough enough on cops, Politico notes.
It doesn’t help when the police chief, Terence Monahan, makes a “humiliating” display of taking a knee, former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik said, according to the Examiner.
“Stop treating us like animals”
Now, some cops are hanging their hats in frustration.
“I personally know three close friends who wanted to do between two to three more years that retired last week, as they’ve had enough with a radical mayor and spineless police leaders,” Rob O’Donnell, a former NYPD homicide detective, told the Examiner.
At an event Tuesday, NYPD union officials similarly complained about growing anti-police sentiment and warned that tying the hands of police could backfire.
“The legislators, the press, everybody is trying to shame us into being embarrassed about our professions,” Michael O’Meara, the president of the New York State Association of Police Benevolent Associations, said, according to Fox News. “Well you know what, this isn’t stained by someone in Minneapolis, it’s still got a shine on it, and so do theirs.
“Stop treating us like animals and thugs, and start treating us with some respect,” he added.