Crime is exploding in New York City. NYPD’s top cop says it’s because officers are afraid to serve and protect.

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – It is no secret that our country has turned against its finest, and the respect that officers once felt, and undoubtedly deserve, has faded.

With crime on the rise, and the stigma that officers now face, it has become a realistic fear that if officers act in a proactive way to prevent crime, they themselves will wind up in handcuffs.  

Police Chief Monahan was quoted as saying: 

“[There is] a feeling on the street that the police are handcuffed.”

He then went on to say:

“[Police] are fearful that they may be arrested if they take some proactive-type enforcement.” 

There are many factors that go into why the current crime situation has gotten out of hand in many cities across the nation: COVID-19, unemployment, bail reform, just to name a few.

However, at a time when police officers should be in full effect trying to combat the surge in crime, they are made to feel as though they are placing their own lives and futures on the line by running the risk of being arrested simply for doing their jobs. 

The unfortunate situation is that officers no longer have the ability to serve and protect, because criminals feel as though they have the upper hand, and are “untouchable” by police. 

New York City has not seen such extreme violence in the month of June since 1996, which can be seen as a direct result of disbanding police units and defunding the police. 

Criminals feel as if they are free to carry and use guns on the street because there is no anti-crime unit focused on confiscating them.

Innocent civilians and members of the community are the ones who are suffering the most by the current situation, and yet, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and city counsel members passed their budget which included defunding the police $1 billion.

So the real question becomes, how are police officers expected to protect and serve when their hands are tied?

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LET UnityOfficers in NYC are not the only ones facing a feeling of restriction. Police Officers in Oregon are also feeling the effects, and their spouses spoke up for them.

If you’ve been paying any attention at all, you’ve likely seen that Portland has seen some dangerous and unpleasant (to say the least) times for law enforcement.

Protests occur nightly, and have for over 40 nights.

Violence. Looting. Vandalism. Projectiles thrown at police.

Politicians throwing their officers under the bus, not allowing them to use the proper tools to get the crowd under control, then blaming them for not having control.

I live nearby and let me tell you…the Portland Police are having a rough time.

But you know who else is having a rough time?

The families of the police. 

What follows is a letter to Portland politicians representing the thoughts, concerns, and feelings of over 100 Portland Police Bureau wives.

Enjoy.

Mayor Ted Wheeler
Commissioner Fritz
Commissioner Hardesty
Commissioner Eudaly

Mayor Ted Wheeler and Members of the City Council,

I am the spouse of a Portland Police Officer and I am writing on behalf of over one hundred other spouses of Portland Police Officers to express deep concern about the events in Portland over the past 46+ straight days.

For more than six weeks and with the full knowledge and participation of the city, protesters and rioters have descended on downtown Portland on a nightly basis.

The City of Portland has tied the hands of PPB officers, restricting their ability to properly defend themselves and enforce the law. City leadership is subjecting officers to routine verbal, emotional and physical abuse.

Officers hold the line while dangerous projectiles are launched at them including, but not limited to, commercial grade explosives, fireworks, rocks, bottles, bricks, batteries, blades, paintballs, bags of urine and feces, ball bearings launched with slingshots (which at high speeds can be deadly).

Several dozen officers have sustained injury.

Occupied police facilities have been barricaded and lit on fire in an attempt to murder police personnel and civilian employees. A federal law enforcement officer was recently hit in the head and shoulder with a 16-inch sledge hammer. High powered lasers have been pointed at officers, which can result in permanent eye damage.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, officers have been spit on, which poses a serious health concern.

Officers are forced to wait until an “adequate” amount of life-threatening actions have been directed at them before they can declare a riot or unlawful assembly and deploy crowd control munitions. Oregon state law allows any citizen to use a reasonable amount of force to protect themselves or a third party from bodily harm.

The city has restricted Portland Police use of force to the point of having LESS rights to self-defense than the average citizen.

The City of Portland issued 40 hours of bereavement to all municipal employees to mourn the death of George Floyd.

The city later sent a letter to those same employees in essence saying people of color should take first priority in the bereavement days because they are more deserving of time off and white employees should make accommodations to fill in for their Black colleagues while they are away.

Suggesting a particular group should receive preferential treatment based solely on the color of their skin is blatant racial discrimination.

Outside the besieged Justice Center, officers are met with messages saying they should die, rioters will “kiss their wives goodnight,” they are bastards, they are killers, they are racists, they are pigs, etc. The officers’ repeated and prolonged exposure to traumatic and stressful events under the scope of their employment is taking a major psychological toll and can lead to increased rates of PTSD.

 

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