Hundreds Of NYPD Officers File For Retirement As Violent Crimes Continue
Almost 300 officers from the New York Police Department have filed for retirement over the last month as violent protests and riots against the police force continue to go around the nation.
According to a NY Post report, 272 NYPD officers have filed for retirement since protests over the death of George Floyd, who was killed under police custody in Minneapolis began in late May. The sudden mass retirement was a 49 perfect spike from the 183 police officers who hung their uniforms during the same period last year.
An NYPD source said that the recent retirements could signal a coming crisis for the 36,000-member department, which currently faces a $1 billion budget reduction due to the “defund the police” movement by the same Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has recently vowed to cut funding for the NYPD, saying that he “would be moving funding from the NYPD to youth initiatives and social services.” His move came amid the rise of violent crimes in the city. Crimes like murder, burglary, and grand larceny have seen an uptick in the last months, with murder jumping over 94% compared to last year.
Patrick Lynch, Police Benevolent Association president, said that cops are at their breaking point, no matter if 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,” Lynch continued.
One NYPD officer, who originally wanted to wait to retire after 30 years in the force, told the NY Post that what’s happening is it’s an all-out war on cops, and they have no support.
Hundreds of NYPD officers have been assaulted and hurt during protests and riots all across the city.