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‘Not My Son’: Police Morale Has Reached An All-Time Low, And Possibly At The Worst Time Ever

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  • Two police union officials said the environment for law enforcement is becoming so hostile that they wouldn’t want their own sons in uniform.
  • Police morale is declining sharply as officers in New York City are retiring at alarming rates, the union officials said.
  • The two officials said that increased efforts to pushback on law enforcement has led to reluctant crime fighting and unsafe streets.

Two major police union officials said law enforcement morale is declining so sharply that they wouldn’t want their own sons to join the force, particularly as violence targeting police officers increases.

Their comments follow massive, ongoing demonstrations and riots — many of which condemn law enforcement — alongside calls to defund police departments and prosecute officers accused of misconduct at elevated levels. The anti-police landscape stemmed from the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in May after a white police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes, video showed.