Police organization warns profession is ‘dying’ amid left-wing rhetoric: ‘We are living in the ashes’
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Joe Gamaldi, national vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, warned his profession was dying as retirements and resignations of officers surged across the country. Writing in “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday, Gamaldi said the officers were tired of being “demonized” by the media and politicians who worked to “burn down” the institution.
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JOE GAMALDI: For much of the decade, the media and politicians systematically set fire to the police establishment in this country. And now we only live in the ashes. Retirements are up 45% nationally. Resignations are up 20%. … This leads to dangerous understaffing on the streets at a time when violence against us is at its height, with 157 policemen already shot this year. Response times are through the roof. We don’t even have people to investigate crimes. … I have been a police officer for 17 years. It’s not hyperbole when I say our profession is dying. We have been denigrated. We have been demonized. And we’ve been treated like crap for years. And we’re all sick of it.
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