‘Anti-cop hostility’ blamed for surge in officer exits: ‘Cops are forming a conga line’

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Police officers in Democrat-run cities across the country are reportedly quitting in droves. Over in New York City, the number of officers who either resigned or quit spiked by 75 percent from 2019 to 2020, according to the New York Post.

“The exodus — amid the pandemic, anti-cop hostility, riots and a skyrocketing number of NYC shootings — saw 2,600 officers say goodbye to the job and another 2,746 file for retirement, a combined 5,346,” the Post confirmed Saturday.

That’s up sharply from the 3,053 who left in 2019, though it still reportedly leaves 34,974 officers — a mighty sum by itself —  on the force.

Over in Philadelphia meanwhile, the city is suffering from both an exodus of officers and a lack of new recruits, and as a result, there’s a shortage of officers on the streets.

“We are anticipating that the department is going to be understaffed by several hundred members, because hundreds of guys are either retiring or taking other jobs and leaving the department,” Mike Neilon, a spokesperson for a local police union, told The Philadelphia Inquirer last week.

Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, believes the anti-cop “woke” madness that’s taken root across the country, including in the political realm, is to blame for this crisis.

“Cops are forming a conga line down at the pension section and I don’t blame them. NYPD cops are looking for better jobs with other departments or even embarking on new careers,” he told the Post.

Indeed, according to Washington, D.C., radio station WTOP, which conducted an investigation earlier this year into D.C.’s own exodus of cops, officers are leaving in part because they’re afraid of being prosecuted for doing nothing wrong.

“The loss of administrative backing, coupled with what they perceive to be an increased risk of prosecution, has some officers questioning whether the risk they assume is too great,” the station noted.

The station cited the case of one officer who said “he thought twice during a recent domestic violence call about putting his arm up to stop a woman from walking toward him out of fear he could be charged with assault.”

“We have no support. We are more in fear of ourselves and our department and prosecution than we are of the job, [of] a bad guy coming up and shooting or hurting us. It’s just too risky … because we’re being prosecuted left and right for doing our jobs. It’s just risk versus reward. It’s high risk and like no reward,” the officer said.

Speaking with the Inquirer, New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association president Pat Colligan added that the vilification coming from politicians and the press isn’t helping either.

“Every action has a reaction. When you vilify every police officer for every bad police officer’s decision, [people] don’t want to take this job anymore,” he said.

In a tweet posted last Tuesday, the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police expressed the same sentiment regarding the exodus occurring in its own city:

The tweet provoked an outpouring of celebration and mockery from anti-cop zealots.

Look:

Yet the data shows that the majority of Americans of all races want more police in their neighborhoods because they realize that less policing brings deadly consequences.

Last weekend alone in Baltimore, three were killed and seven injured, including a 5-year-old.

“A little after 10 p.m., police said a 5-year-old boy’s arm was grazed by a bullet that crashed through the window of his home,” The Baltimore Sun reported.

“Officers were investigating a report of a shooting at 10:04 p.m. in the 2200 block of Wilkens Ave. when they found the 5-year-old suffering from the gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries that weren’t life-threatening.”

Not every child is so lucky.

But instead of acknowledging the frustration and concerns of officers, Democrat politicians are hoping to dissuade them from leaving by threatening them.

On Saturday Democrat lawmakers in NYC introduced legislation that would punish officers who resign from one jurisdiction and try to pick up work in another — perhaps in a red state — by completely banning them from law enforcement.

Race hustler Al Sharpton supports the legislation, according to Fox News.

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