Criminal justice experts say progressive policies discourage qualified candidates from seeking jobs in police departments, push talented law enforcement officers out of big cities and bring in the wrong type of new blood. I’m warning you that you’re giving yourself an opening.
“If we still have the same mindset in 2024, there will be an explosion of Third World anarchy unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” said Megan, a former San Bernardino County deputy who survived only gunshot wounds. McCarthy said. A California jury acquitted her suspect after her defense claimed he shot her with her gun in self-defense.
A neighbor captured the entire incident on cellphone video. Mr. McCarthy was the first lieutenant who responded to a priority one call involving a man with schizophrenia named Ali Young. As soon as she approached her home, her man rushed her, slammed her to the ground and took her gun.
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He aimed and fired at her, but the weapon deflected. He panicked and fired several shots, but none of them hit her. She had a broken thumb and a black wound to her eye, but her additional forces arrived and she was arrested on the spot. She was diagnosed with PTSD, and although she retired from the police force, she says similar stress is driving police officers to commit suicide in record numbers.
Last month, four Los Angeles lawmakers committed suicide within 24 hours. The Chicago Police Department lost three officers in the same week last year.
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“I think it’s important to reiterate the fact that good people are no longer police officers,” she told FOX News Digital. “These are people we don’t want to be police officers. They lowered the standards so you can become a police officer if you took cocaine three years ago. California now allows illegal immigrants to become police officers. .”
Even though she was the victim, the system treated Young as if she had acted inappropriately, she said. She calls it the “Minneapolis effect,” a backlash against law enforcement after the death of George Floyd in police custody in 2020.
“Before George Floyd died, during the pandemic, when we were all sitting in our living rooms, do you know who was there? America’s law enforcement was there,” the national newspaper said. said Betsy Brantner Smith, a spokeswoman for . Police Association.
“Then the death of George Floyd happened. Either I die from COVID-19 or I get indicted now. Then there were 260 riots and police officers were injured during the riots. ”
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PTSD cases have skyrocketed, she said. Her morale was low. Police departments are still recovering, especially in places like Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas. There, prosecutors and the “defunding” movement, backed by billionaire progressive donor George Soros, were entrenched.
Brantner-Smith said the NPA is “optimistic” that the city will recover in the future, but it’s really out of their hands.
“Frankly, the only people who can stop this are voters and political leaders themselves,” she said. “Police are not elected. We are a product of elected officials.”
But unless policies change, Joe Giacalone warns there will be a “self-fulfilling prophecy” in which progressives’ worst complaints about police misconduct become the new norm. Giacalone is a former New York City police sergeant who teaches aspiring law enforcement officers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Giacalone warned that police departments desperate for new hires could be forced to lower standards. Further complicating the problem are new laws such as New York’s blank slate law, which seals certain crimes from public records.
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“City police officers are fleeing to the suburbs for better pay, working conditions, and prosecutors who actually do the work. Progressive methods do not and will not reduce crime. People who report it. “It just goes down,” he said. “What are we going to do now that departments are struggling to hire? Lower standards for entry-level candidates. Cities like Chicago and New York City are already planning to eliminate university requirements for hiring.”
That’s problematic, he said. Research shows that police officers with college degrees use force less than those without college degrees. He warned that coupled with a new push for laws to seal criminal records, he “is going to be stupid.”
“You haven’t been convicted of those three robberies? Don’t worry, you swore it was petty larceny? Here’s your badge and gun,” he said.
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If the positions are not filled, cities risk delayed 911 responses and officers could face overwhelming mandatory overtime, a decision that could also have deadly consequences. .
In Los Angeles, the family of slain Deputy Ryan Clinken-Bloomer is suing the county, saying he was so exhausted he couldn’t see his assailant coming. His death and the suicides of four of his colleagues mean increased overtime duties for his remaining colleagues.
“We cannot continue to treat them the way they are being treated,” Kim Klinkanbloomer, the deputy’s mother, told reporters earlier this week.
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Some candidates may want to become police officers, but the police department doesn’t want them, Giacalone warned.
Former friends of Brian Koberger say he was a heroin addict before earning a master’s degree in criminal justice and pursuing a doctorate. He was active in the field of criminology when he was arrested by police last year for stabbing four University of Idaho students to death.
“Family Feud” contestant Tim Briefnick, who killed his estranged wife earlier this year, also studied criminal justice. So was BTK serial killer Dennis Rader.
“Something was keeping them out,” Giacalone said. “Abolishing the standards will open the way.” [departments] Even bad hiring. ”
District attorney offices across the country are feeling a similar impact, said David Gellman, a former prosecutor and now a private defense attorney in suburban Philadelphia.
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“Morale is really low, not just because of the money, but because of the laws that are being passed. There are repeat offenders, repeating the same crimes over and over again. And the prosecutors’ hands are tied,” he told Fox News. told Digital. “That’s why you burn out so quickly.”
It was so bad, he said, that his long career as a prosecutor was “a thing of the past.”
“In high-crime areas, people want more security. They want more protection,” he says. “They don’t like cutting off these fundings. So, look, we’ve got to vote these politicians out.”
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Another option is to skip the city and spend more in urban areas.
McCarthy said that’s the family’s goal. She has already resigned from her law enforcement agency. If she is transferred, her department will also lose her husband.