If we had a law enforcement problem before the death of George Floyd, then we certainly have a bigger one now.
Breitbart reports that an overwhelming majority – 71 percent – of the Washington D.C. police union is considering leaving the Metropolitan Police Department.
Taking the hint
The survey was conducted by the D.C. Police Union with roughly 600 members responding.
According to Breitbart, of the responders, “25 percent said they may retire earlier than planned. Thirty-five percent are seeking jobs at other law enforcement agencies, and 39 percent are considering leaving law enforcement altogether.”
The survey was conducted following a recently passed piece of legislation by the city council. The D.C. police union, reports Breitbart, has argued that the legislation would remove collective bargaining rights for union members, make it more difficult to charge someone with assaulting an officer, eliminate the ability to use body camera footage as evidence, and change the use of force policy such that “even the Councilmembers could not figure out the intent or the impact of the language.”
These are the changes that the local government thinks is necessary as George Floyd protestors continue to demand that police departments be abolished or defunded.
Giving in to the mob
While the D.C. legislation will certainly make it more difficult for police officers to do their jobs – that is, if it is signed into law by the mayor – it is not as bad as other “reforms” that we have seen.
In Los Angeles, California, for example, Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) has cut overtime pay and put forth a proposal that would take away $150 million in funds for the Los Angeles Police Department. He then added insult to injury by referring to members of the LAPD as “killers.”
Garcetti recently tried to make amends in a letter to the LAPD in which he thanked them for their work and asked them to be part of his new vision for public safety. But, the damage has already been done.
Descent into lawlessness
The consequences of such campaigns, as that of Black Lives Matter, against the police are suggested by the D.C. survey: police officers are going to leave the force. After all, being a police officer is hard enough as it is without these so-called reforms – not to mention the anti-police mentality that officers have come up against in recent weeks.
A few days ago, in fact, we saw police in Atlanta, Georgia, hold a protest of their own with reports that large numbers of officers didn’t show up to work.
With such stories, those of us – the law abiders who need police protection – are left wondering what the future holds here in America. Is anyone going to be left to enforce the laws? Now is a good time to let our local police officers know that we support them.