How many Atlanta cops called in with “Blue Flu” after Devin Brosnan was charged
Townhall reports on the common-sense moves by Atlanta police in protest after police officer Devin Brosnan was charged.
On the day that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, a Democrat, announced a felony murder charge against former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe and charges against officer Devin Brosnan for the shooting of Rayshard Brooks, a large number of Atlanta cops reportedly called out sick. Police departments in the surrounding area refused requests to supplement Atlanta police unless there was an event where a police officer required emergency assistance. The mayor has since admitted that morale “is down ten-fold” among her officers.
While Atlanta cops were calling out sick en masse, officials downplayed the reports.
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Atlanta Sergeant John Chafee told CBS News that “suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate.” Chafee did say that eight officers resigned, five were dismissed, and three retired, sometime between June 1 and June 17. Chafee did not tell CBS News how many officers had called out since charges were announced in the Brooks shooting. But Channel 2 Actions News now knows the answer.
Around 170 officers called out sick with what’s being dubbed the “Blue Flu” in the hours and days immediately following the charges. Most of the “sick” officers worked in the downtown area where protests have taken place. On Friday, two days after the charges were announced, 90 officers called out sick, and half of those officers work in Zone 5, the zone encompassing the protests.
“The city’s response, I recall early on, seems like they downplayed those numbers. The public should know that’s a significant amount of police officers who did not come to work during that time period,” retired Atlanta police Detective Vince Velasquez told Channel 2 Action News.
“Some officers have flatly told me that they’re afraid to go to work and to answer a call and commit to a process and feel like they’re doing the right thing, feel like they’re doing their jobs, and then face not just disciplinary action, but prosecution,” Velasquez said. “This is a unique case because some of the charges that were brought up with these officers were policy violations that were turned into oath-of-office crimes that were alleged by the DA, and some of these things are completely foreign to all of us.”
(Read more at Townhall)
I don’t blame the police for looking out for themselves
When a self-interested Democrat politician (or Republican, for that matter) comes after police, I expect police to react the same way they must when a thug grabs a gun. At these times, police must act in self defense. Of course, in this case, this does not entail shooting the lying politician, but it does involve getting out of the line of that politician’s fire.
Therefore, even as crime rises due to bad Democrat “bail reform” policies, police should make themselves scarce.
272 New York City Police officers retire in wake of George Floyd protests
Lifezette reports that 272 New York Police Department officers have sought retirement in the wake of the George Floyd protests.
Anti-police sentiments have been at an all-time high in recent weeks in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month.
Now, it’s been revealed that officers in the NYPD have been retiring in droves since his passing.
The New York Post reported that since Floyd died on May 25, the NYPD has said that 272 uniformed cops have put in retirement papers.
The department added that this is a 49 percent increase from the 183 officers who filed during the same period last year.
A source inside the NYPD explained that these mass retirements could signal a coming crisis for the 36,000-member department, which has also been hit with a $1 billion budget reduction after Floyd’s death as calls to “defund the police” have grown.
“We are worried about a surge in attrition reducing our headcount beyond what we can sustain without new recruits, and are afraid the City Council has not taken the surge into account,” the source said.
Police Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch spoke out to say that officers are “at their breaking point, whether they have 20 years on the job or only two. We are all asking the same question: ‘How can we keep doing our job in this environment?’ And that is exactly what the anti-cop crowd wants. If we have no cops because no one wants to be a cop, they will have achieved their ultimate goal.”
Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, agreed by saying that an “exodus” from the NYPD has already started, adding that close to 80 of his members have recently filed for retirement, and that morale among cops is “at the lowest levels I’ve seen in 38 years.”
“People have had enough and no longer feel it’s worth risking their personal well-being for a thankless position,” Mullins said. “There is no leadership, no direction, no training for new policies,” he said.
“Department brass is paralyzed (and) too afraid to uphold their sworn oath in fear of losing their jobs. Sadly, the people of this city will soon experience what New York City was like in the 1980s.”
Many NYPD officers reportedly see themselves as collateral damage in the chaos that has ensued since Floyd was killed.
“It’s an all-out war on cops and we have no support,” said one veteran Brooklyn police officer, who is retiring next month. “I wanted to wait for my 30th anniversary in October, but the handwriting is on the wall.”
This serves as a reminder that police officers all over the country need our support now more than ever. The men and women in blue deserve better than what they are getting.
(Read more at Lifezette)
I have seen the New York Times and New York Post essays where police had libs shouting and spitting in their faces
Police should not have to put up with civilians shouting and spitting in their faces, but (as of recently) there are photographs showing that police have endured just that sort of treatment. For that, I fully support the police as they “get out of Dodge” and let the liberals stew in a lawless mess.
NYPD sees 49 percent spike in officers filing for retirement amid George Floyd unrest
Fox News corroborates other reports by showing that NYPD has seen a 49% spike in filing for retirement.
A wave of NYPD officers has filed for retirement in the weeks following George Floyd’s death on May 25, refocusing attention on police morale amid widespread protests and calls to defund law enforcement.
The NYPD told Fox News on Saturday that 272 officers have filed for retirement between Floyd’s death and June 23. That represents a 49 percent increase over the same period in 2019.
Resignations and actual retirements have remained relatively stable with 135 retirements in 2020 and 131 during the same time last year. According to the department, that’s because the recent spate of filings hasn’t been processed yet. The department saw 35 resignations in 2019 compared to 36 so far in 2020.
Hundreds of police officers have reportedly been injured as protests, at times violent, rocked the nation. That included hundreds from the NYPD as the city weighed cutting its budget and transferring funds to other programs in the city.
Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch told the New York Post that officers were at their “breaking point.”
“We are all asking the same question: ‘How can we keep doing our job in this environment?’” he said. “And that is exactly what the anti-cop crowd wants. If we have no cops because no one wants to be a cop, they will have achieved their ultimate goal.”
On Thursday, the Post reported that a Bronx precinct commander decided to quit over the NYPD’s handling of police reform. Deputy Inspector Richard Brea reportedly took issue with the department’s decision to disband its anti-crime unit.
Amid growing unrest, politicians have proposed a variety of reforms at the federal and local levels. Departments across the country have also seen a slew of firings related to controversial police encounters.
Former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe was fired quickly after he shot and killed 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in what some have defended as a justified use of force. After the city charged Rolfe with murder, a wave of the city’s police officers called out of work.
Those calling for reform have generally argued that the justice system is plagued by systemic racism and needs sweeping change to protect African-Americans from brutality.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a large police reform proposal, which was described by its sponsor as a “victory” against police brutality.
(Read more at Fox News)
If you read widely, you can see that it is not usually the inner-city citizen who calls for defunding the police
Most of truthful articles and unedited tweets that I see of Black Lives Matter show White women screaming and marching. A few of the articles I have read by Blacks (which, of course, I cannot find now) detail how they worry for the safety of their neighborhoods each day that the riots creep closer and more police catch the “Blue Flu.”
Therefore, I am not seeing a real movement here. This seems to be a completely forced socialist movement advocating for the end of nuclear family.