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Report– Austin Police Officers Quit in Droves: ‘They Feel Disrespected’

The left-wing city of Austin, Texas, is facing a police shortage, with current and former officers citing hostility to law enforcement and conservatives as a driving force. new york post report on friday.

multiple sources said director The report said the city had more than 300 vacancies and officials were resigning “because they felt neglected.” The Austin Police Association said 77 more officers are set to retire by the end of March. Lt. Brian Moon, who retired last month after serving 23 years, said Austin has become like Portland, Seattle and San Francisco.

Shortages have led to slow response times and 911 calls are being redirected to non-emergency numbers because “there aren’t enough officers to solve crimes,” reports said. Senior Police Officer Justin Berry told the publication that the department had removed a detective from the case to act as a patrol officer.

Police union president Tomas Villarreal said: “If you get home and are robbed, such calls can now be made to 311.” We can’t get the police to respond.”

People hold signs outside the Austin Police Department after a memorial service for Garrett Foster in downtown Austin, Texas, July 26, 2020. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)

A former surveillance commander who goes by the name “Moody” said the Austin Police Department has changed dramatically since taking office in 1999, especially as the city witnesses a record 88 murders and an increase in 2021. said he did. violent crimeMoody said he has seen a “change” in the city’s attitude towards the police, and that he doesn’t feel like the city “really appreciates us the way it used to.”

The Austin City Council succumbed to the left-wing “police defense” movement in 2020, cutting its budget by $150 million following the death of George Floyd and the protests and riots that ensued in Minnesota. Officials also cut 150 of his positions from the budget, according to the report.

Last year, the district attorney indicted 19 police officers accused of ‘excessive use of force’ against 2020 protesters

“I felt like I had a target. For example, the district attorney’s office and the city could do something to you, prosecute you, fire you, regardless of whether you did something right or wrong. I was looking for an opportunity to do something,” Moon said. he said.

Members of the Austin Police Department kneel in front of demonstrators in Austin, Texas, Saturday, June 6, 2020, protesting the death of George Floyd, a black man in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being detained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Members of the Austin Police Department kneel in front of demonstrators in Austin, Texas, Saturday, June 6, 2020, protesting the death of George Floyd, a black man in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The city council eventually reimbursed the police in 2021, but the police union still claims the city has too few police officers for its size.

The report notes that large-scale incidents can leave “entire areas of the city uninhabited.”

“We pretty much admitted that we don’t show up on certain calls anymore,” Moody said. “Eventually it will reach its worst and everyone will realize that something has to be done.”

Democratic Mayor Kirk Watson directorasked for comment, but previously told the magazine the city has been waiting “unacceptably long” for police. In order to provide an environment,” he said, he is working hard every day.

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