Rank-and-file New York Police Department officers say they are ready to leave the force, claiming no one has their backs amid nationwide efforts to restrict law enforcement.
Since widespread protests erupted in New York City last week following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died while in law enforcement custody with the Minneapolis Police, NYPD officers have endured 12-hour shifts in response to violence, destruction of retail property, burglary, and NYPD vehicles being destroyed.
“At our level, It’s hard to say, but in the past, you felt like chiefs like [Joseph] Esposito had your back. Even Ray Kelly. Without Rudy [Giuliani] or even with [Michael] Bloomberg, things have changed,” an NYPD sergeant told the Washington Examiner, invoking NYPD chiefs from the past couple of decades and the two most recent mayors of the nation’s largest city.