The following article, Developing: Almost 200 Cops Set to Leave Minneapolis Police Department, Citing Post Traumatic Stress, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Because certain residents of the city of Minneapolis have been so hard on police officers since the murder of George Floyd, nearly 200 are set to leave the department.
What can this possibly mean for the reeling city?
It doesn’t seem like good news, that’s for sure.
MINNEAPOLIS — Nearly two months after four of its officers were charged with killing George Floyd, the Minneapolis Police Department is reeling, with police officers leaving the job in large numbers, crime surging and politicians planning a top-to-bottom overhaul of the force.
Veteran officers say that morale within the department is lower than they have ever experienced. Some officers are scaling back their policing efforts, concerned that any contentious interactions on the street could land them in trouble. And many others are calling it quits altogether.
“It’s almost like a nuclear bomb hit the city, and the people who didn’t perish are standing around,” Officer Rich Walker Sr., a 16-year Minneapolis police veteran and union official, said of the mood within the department. “I’m still surprised that we’ve got cops showing up to work, to be honest.”
Nearly 200 officers have applied to leave the Minneapolis Police Department because of what they describe as post-traumatic stress, said Ronald F. Meuser Jr., a lawyer representing the officers. The prospect that a department of about 850 could lose about 20 percent of its force in the coming months has prompted major concern.
The worst thing that can happen right now is for liberal politicians to go after every single police department over the actions of one officer. But they’re going to do it anyway.
In Los Angeles, upwards of $150 million may soon be diverted from the LAPD. In Minneapolis, it could get even wilder.
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender’s tweet:
Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety. https://t.co/FCfjoPy64k
— Lisa Bender (@lisabendermpls) June 4, 2020
Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) commented, too…
The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform.
It’s time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 5, 2020