Skip to content

The Police Exodus: NYPD Sees 75 Increase in Officer Retirement

Policía, El American

Leer en Español

[Leer en español]

In 2020, more than 5,300 uniformed New York Police Department (NYPD) officers retired or filled out retirement forms. That number represents a 75% increase over the previous year. The left wants to kill the police and they are succeeding.

Following the death of George Floyd in May of last year, an idea that was considered simply insane quickly began to take hold and has devolved into an incredibly dangerous situation. “Defund the Police” is moving forward, leaving millions of citizens unprotected.

Cunning as ever, the enemies of law and order have gone straight to attacking the honor of every uniformed officer. As only they know how, they have managed to demoralize men who should be seen as heroes; men and women who put their lives at risk to maintain the peace and tranquility of society.

They have spread the narrative throughout the country that the police are the bad guys. We see everything from young people shouting in the streets in favor of eliminating the police, to famous filmmakers saying at the Oscars that cops are in the business of killing blacks on a daily basis.

Every time a case occurs that is useful to the narrative of the so-called “anti-racists,” they move the entire press to once again tell the country that any person of color who dies from a white cop shooting has been just another victim of racism.

A few days ago, a police officer in Ohio responded to an emergency saving the life of a young black woman who was nearly stabbed to death by another young black woman. However, the headlines in the press and the cries of activists said “again a white cop kills a black person.”

Doesn’t the life of the other black girl who was going to be killed matter to them? No, they don’t see the cop as the savior of a young black girl but as a murderer. This happens because that is the narrative that suits them. The image they need to advance their idea of eliminating the Police is not that of a white man saving a black woman, but of a white cop murdering a black girl.

On the mass exodus of New York police officers, Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, told the New York Post, “The mayor and the city council are absolutely trying to abolish the police. They’ve kept our pay absurdly low. They’ve increased our exposure to lawsuits. They’ve demonized us at every opportunity. And they’ve taken away the tools we need to do the job we all signed up for, which is to keep our communities safe.”

In short, they have combined all forms of struggle. Many officers feel demoralized; it doesn’t make sense to risk your life for a community and in return receive insults in the street and be labeled a murderer.

How should police officers act now, if the attacker happens to be black, should they not act even if another person’s life is in danger, and if the matter escalates to a trial, will the police officer be judged correctly, without the color of his skin influencing the decision?

It is clear that there is too much at risk for too little in return. It is therefore obvious why there is a mass exodus of cops. The left, BLM, and extreme Democrats are succeeding in killing the Police by getting uninformed people to turn in their badges. They have realized that defunding and destroying the police is an impossibility, at least for now, so they will now focus on making as many resign as possible.

It is a pity that the police are being treated like this, but it is also a pity for the consequences that this will bring in the poorest places, in the neighborhoods with the highest levels of violence, which in many cases are also places with a large Afro-descendant population. What they are achieving is that there will be fewer police available to respond to calls for robbery, attacks, violence, shootings. Fewer police willing to save lives.

Once again, those claiming they want to help blacks and minorities only end up hurting them. BLM is moving forward with its plan to leave black people unprotected.

Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editor-in-chief of El American. Economist. Podcaster. Political and economic analysis of America. Colombian exile in the United States // Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editora en jefe de El American. Economista. Podcaster. Análisis político y económico de América. Colombiana exiliada en EE. UU.

Leave a Reply