Experts in criminal justice are cautioning that progressive policies are driving out competent applicants from applying to work in police departments and good law enforcement personnel from large cities, making room for the wrong kind of new blood.
“I think we are going to explode into a state of Third World country anarchy that we’ve never seen before if we have this same mindset going into 2024,” Meagan McCarthy, a former San Bernardino County deputy, said after surviving a shooting and witnessing a California jury acquit the suspect after his defence claimed he had shot her in self-defence.
The entire event was recorded on mobile video by a neighbour. McCarthy was the first constable to arrive at a priority 1 call about Ari Young, a psychotic guy. He attacked her, knocked her to the ground, and grabbed her gun as soon as she got close to the home.
He fired, aiming for her, but the gun jammed. He fumbled to get off several rounds, but none found her. Before more police arrived, she had a black eye and a fractured thumb, and he was arrested right away. She left the police after receiving a PTSD diagnosis, and she claims that comparable stress is pushing an unprecedented number of policemen to take their own lives.
Last month, four Los Angeles deputies committed suicide within a 24-hour period. Last year, Chicago Police lost three officers in one week.
“I think it’s important to reiterate the fact that good people aren’t becoming cops anymore,” she told Fox News Digital. “It’s the people that you don’t want becoming cops. They have lowered standards so that if you did cocaine three years ago, you can become a cop. California has made it so illegal immigrants can become police officers.”
Young claimed that despite being the victim, the system regarded her as though she had behaved badly. She refers to this as the “Minneapolis Effect,” a backlash against law enforcement following George Floyd’s 2020 death while under police custody.
“Before the death of George Floyd, during the pandemic, when the rest of us were all sitting in our living rooms, you know who was out there? The American law enforcement was out there,” said Betsy Brantner Smith, spokesperson for the National Police Association.
“Then, the death of George Floyd happened. It’s either COVID is going to kill me, or now I’m going to get indicted. Then we had 260 violent riots, and cops getting hurt during the riots.”
Cases of PTSD have increased, she noted. The “defund” movements and prosecutors supported by billionaire leftist financier George Soros took root in cities like Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas, where police forces are still regaining their footing.
Cities will eventually recover, according to NPA “optimistic” Brantner Smith, but it’s truly beyond their control.
“The only people that can stop this are, frankly, the voters and the political leaders themselves,” she continued. “Elections are not held for police positions. Our political representatives are the ones who created us.”
However, Joe Giacalone warns of a “self-fulfilling prophecy” in which the harshest allegations made by progressives about police misbehaviour become the new standard if the regulations remain unchanged. Giacalone trains aspiring law enforcement professionals at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He was a sergeant in the New York City police department before.
Giacalone warned this week that police departments may be pushed to reduce their standards in their desperation to employ new officers. New legislation like New York’s Clean Slate Act, which will remove some offences from the public record, exacerbate the problem.
“Urban cops are fleeing to the suburbs for better pay, working conditions and prosecutors that actually do their job. The progressive way will not and won’t reduce crime, just reduce people reporting it,” he said. “Now, as departments struggle to hire, what are they going to do? Lower their standards for starters. Cities like Chicago and NYC are already planning on removing the college requirement to be hired.”
He claimed there was a problem with that. According to research, police officers with college degrees are less likely than those without to use force. He raised the alarm that “it’s going to get stupid” in light of the recent effort for legislation sealing criminal records.
“You weren’t convicted of those three robberies? No worries. Pled it down to petit larceny? Here’s a badge and gun,” he said.
Should the posts remain empty, localities may see delays in 911 response times, and cops may be required to work excessive overtime—another potentially fatal decision.
The family of murdered Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer is suing the county in Los Angeles, claiming that required overtime left him so tired he failed to notice his attacker coming. His passing and the suicides of four of his coworkers mean that their surviving coworkers will have to put in extra required overtime.
“It can’t go on, the way they’re being treated right now,” the deputy’s mother, Kim Clinkunbroomer, told reporters earlier this week.
Giacalone cautioned that while some people may like to become police officers, police agencies do not want them.
Bryan Kohberger was pursuing a Ph.D. in criminology when police arrested him in connection with the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students last year. According to his old pals, Kohberger was a heroin addict before obtaining a master’s degree in criminal justice.
Criminal justice was another subject studied by Tim Bliefnick, the “Family Feud” competitor who killed his estranged wife earlier this year. Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer, did the same.
“Something kept them out,” Giacalone said. “Dropping the standards opens [departments] up to bad hires.”
Former prosecutor turned private defence lawyer David Gelman says the effect is being felt by district attorneys’ offices around the nation. Gelman practises outside of Philadelphia.
“Morale is down significantly, not just because of the money, but because of the laws that are being enacted, where you have these individuals that are recidivists, and they keep doing the same crime. And the prosecutors, their hands are tied,” he told Fox News Digital. “So they get burnt out pretty quick.”
So horrible, infact, that he declared lengthy careers as prosecutors “a thing of the past.”
“People in high-crime areas want more law enforcement presence.” They desire greater security,” he remarked. “These defunding measures are disliked by them. That being said, “You need to vote these politicians out.”
Skipping town is the alternative, which puts more strain on urban departments.
McCarthy stated that her family aspires to that. She’s already moved on from the police. Her spouse would also be lost to the department if she relocates.