(AbsoluteNews.com) – For weeks now, Americans have taken to the streets to protest the police and demand reforms. Officers at the demonstrations have been both physically attacked and verbally assaulted. Departments across the country are now feeling the consequences of the stress and obscene level of disrespect law enforcement is enduring.
Trouble in Atlanta
On June 15, the Atlanta Police Foundation announced eight officers have resigned from the police department since June 1. Sergeant John Chafee spoke to CBS News and said three others have since retired. According to the foundation, officers are working 12-hour shifts and some are doing it 7 days a week.
Their schedules are putting a crushing amount of strain on law enforcement. As a result, the number of cops calling off work has increased. However, Atlanta said it has enough officers to handle operations and incident responses.
Earlier suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate. The department is experiencing a higher than usual number of call outs with the incoming shift. We have enough resources to maintain operations & remain able to respond to incidents.
— Atlanta Police Department (@Atlanta_Police) June 18, 2020
During an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the department’s morale is “down ten-fold.” Atlanta Police Foundation CEO Dave Wilkinson said officers are facing both “physical and emotional exhaustion.”
Not Sunny in South Florida
In South Florida, 10 SWAT officers resigned because of safety concerns. They sent a letter to Hallandale Beach Police Chief Sonia Quinones and said they’re being “restrained by the politicization…” of their jobs and it’s putting their safety at risk.
The officers also pointed to members of their Command Staff taking a knee with the vice mayor and protestors.
Turbulence in Minneapolis
In Minneapolis, where the protests started, the officers are facing what seems like even more rage than the rest of the country. Four former cops with the department were fired and charged with crimes in relation to the death of George Floyd.
Since the start of the demonstrations, seven police officers have resigned from the force, and six others plan leave shortly.
Fifty-seven members of the Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team resigned after two officers shoved a 75-year-old man. Buffalo Police Benevolent Association President John Evans said the cops “resigned in disgust…” after the way the two officers were treated.
It’s not hard to see why the officers are resigning. They get very little respect from the public these days and politicians are trashing them as well. Imagine putting your life on the line every day for people who hate you. Would you want to stay?
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