Hundreds of police officers are dropping out of the ranks in several cities, given the “anti-police rhetoric” pushed by the Marxist Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) movements supported by Democrats.
The Seattle Police Department, after weeks of protests and an increase in “anti-police rhetoric,” recorded the resignation of more than 200 officers, which is “at a record pace” in the institution’s history, according to the April 29 Daily Wire.
“We are at record lows in the city right now. I have about 1,080 deployable officers. This is the lowest I’ve seen our department,” Police Chief Adrian Diaz told KING-TV in an interview.
According to agency reports, he had previously referred to the “staffing crisis” as more than 180 police officers resigned last year, followed by another 66 officers so far this year.
The Seattle City Council is also among other city governments that pursued aggressive efforts to “defund the police,” but ultimately settled for significant budget cuts.
For her part, former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, who resigned last summer, said budget cuts and anti-police rhetoric made her feel as if her department was “destined to fail.”
In fact, crime increased, exemplified in the city’s homicide rate—It’s 50% higher in 2020 than in 2019. The Seattle Times Editorial Board directly blamed the city’s progressive lawmakers.
“The Seattle City Council’s reckless rhetoric and slapdash moves to defund the police have hurt—not helped—the safety of residents citywide,” they wrote last month.
The Seattle City Council cut the police budget by $69 million without realistic strategies for the next step.
An analysis found that the department had 158 fewer officers and supervisors than the minimum acceptable staffing needs.
For too long, a police station could only respond to high-priority 911 calls, plus the average response time for burglary and alarm calls went from less than 12 minutes in April to nearly 18 minutes in December.
Also, detectives and other specialists routinely take patrol shifts to respond to 911 calls instead of preventing or investigating crimes because the department is severely understaffed.
The left-wing Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement demonstrated a few months ago because they disagree with the 18% reduction in the planned budget for security in 2021. They are demanding a shocking 50% reduction.
The “defunding” movement to channel police resources to other public services has cut $870 million from policing in 25 major cities, according to The Guardian.
The consequences are expressed in an alarming 30% increase in the U.S. homicide rate.
In February, the U.S. Criminal Justice Council reported that murder rates experienced a “historic” increase in 2020 compared to 2019, with more than 1,200 additional murders, in a sample of 34 large U.S. cities, the study in question reported.
“Homicide rates were higher during every month of 2020 relative to rates from the previous year,” states the report, which calls the 30% increase “a large and troubling increase that has no modern precedent.”