By Duncan Smith
By now, it should be obvious that the Marxist American Left is stoking racial and cultural division in our country.
Most recently, Leftists have hijacked the grotesque death of George Floyd at the hands of a few bad cops to foment violence and anarchy.
As is always the case, American police — the vast majority of whom are good, decent, brave men and women — are caught up in the violence, doing their level best to keep the lid on and maintain some semblance of order.
But also, as usual, the Marxists running their cities are throwing their police officers under the bus every chance they get.
And that is having the very predictable effect of destroying cop morale, which is leading to mass resignations, reductions in new applications, and abandonment of the occupation as a career.
Especially in the nation’s third-biggest city, Los Angeles.
Breitbart News reports:
Morale within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is currently at a ‘record low,’ thanks to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests and the vilification of police by local politicians.
Robert Harris, the director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, told CBS Los Angeles that officers feel ‘beaten’ and ‘bruised’ by the ongoing protests.
That was corroborated by a Breitbart News source within the LAPD, who said: ‘Morale across the rank-and-file is at a record low. Especially out on the street in patrol. We have been vilified and abandoned by the mayor, all but three of the city council members, as well as many business owners and residents of the city of Los Angeles.’
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced at the height of the riots in early June — with the National Guard on the streets — that he would be cutting the LAPD budget by up to $150 million, answering calls from activists to ‘defund the police.’
The following week, police officers learned they would not be paid overtime for the additional hours they spent on the streets calming the protests and riots.
The result: many police have effectively given up fighting crime.
‘The citizens think crime and homelessness is bad now? They have seen nothing yet,’ the LAPD source said. ‘Wait till a couple of months go by. Pro-activity is all but gone. It sucks. But the community has allowed cops to be vilified.
‘When there is blood in the streets, due to a drastic increase of out-of-control violent crime? Then all the people, including businesses who have turned their backs on cops, will learn of the mistake they made on selling us out!
‘With all the criminals getting out of jail, people will be at the mercy of the violent criminals. But that’s what the masses have asked for.
‘The City’s Guard Dog will not be beaten any longer.
‘Cops are retiring and looking to leave ASAP. Why put our families through this garbage for an ungrateful public?,’ the LAPD source continued, Breitbart reported.
‘We can go to jail for simply doing our jobs. It’s simply not worth it any longer.’
Harris told CBS Los Angeles: ‘I had one officer tell me that he feels like a Vietnam soldier returning home to a country that hates him, and that’s not a good place to be.’
And gee — all of this right before a presidential election.
Coincidence? Yeah, right.
This article originally appeared at The National Sentinel and was republished with permission.
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