A study by the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) reports that police officers in ten large urban police departments are retiring or resigning at unprecedented levels. A story by Fox News reporter Peter Aitken quotes LELDF President Jason Johnson, “In the wake of the anti-police movement and Floyd protests, cops —unwanted and unappreciated by their political leaders —are running for the exits. Resignations and retirements at the largest police agencies in the United States are skyrocketing while recruitment is tanking.” The study compiled data from police agencies in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Austin, Los Vegas, Chicago, San Jose, Los Angeles County, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Miami-Dade from June 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.
The exodus amounted to over 18% of officers in the ten departments but the numbers in some locations were much higher. Cleveland saw a 130% increase in retirements while officers resigning in Austin jumped 63%. Austin is currently short 300 officers at the same time it has suffered a 56% increase in homicides. Chicago has lost 1,000 officers compared to a couple of years ago according to Alderman Mat O’Shea, a democrat.
With fewer officers on the street and de-policing demands accompanying the George Floyd protests, arrests dropped sharply last year. Data from LELDF indicates a correlation with the drop in arrests and the historic spike in urban homicides.
In essence, Black Lives Matter and progressive politicians got what they asked for.
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