NYPD Hits Rock Bottom: 272 Officers File for Retirement, Lowest Morale in Over 38 Years

By Ryan Foley  |  The Western Journal

With anti-police rhetoric on the rise and a decision by local leadership to partially defund the police and completely disband the city’s plainclothes anti-crime unit, it should not come as a surprise that a shocking number of New York City police officers want out.

According to the New York Post, 272 NYPD officers filed retirement papers in the month following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

That is a noticeable increase from the 183 officers who filed for retirement during the same time period last year.

Patrick Lynch, president of the New York City Police Benevolent Association, said it best: “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.”

Meanwhile, Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said morale in the department is “at the lowest levels I’ve seen in 38 years.”

No sane person can blame police officers for wanting to call it quits. This is especially true in the Big Apple, where the men and women in blue were targets of left-wing mobs even before Floyd’s death unleashed the latest wave of anti-police fervor.

Last July, mobs dumped buckets of water on New York police officers. The work environment for the NYPD only got worse as the summer went on, with people throwing concrete and bottles at the cops.

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