‘We can’t keep you safe’: Cops resigning in larger numbers amid anti-police sentiment, crime spike

America is facing a number of “crisis” situations heading into the midterm elections — the cost of living, energy, the border — but among the most frightening is the crisis looming in the field of law enforcement, as more and more “vilified” officers are choosing to either resign or retire since the tumultuous 2020 year of riots, disastrous bail reform measures, and calls to “defund the police.”

(Video: Fox News)

“We can’t get new people to this profession because law enforcement has been lied about,” Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith stated on Friday’s episode of “Fox & Friends First.”

“We’ve been vilified,” she continued. “So we’re heading we’re in a crisis.”

Citing police department data, Fox News illustrates just how serious the situation has become.

“Chicago has seen a 39% increase in crime, Philadelphia 24.3%, New York City 21.1%. and Los Angeles 8.7% year-over-year,” Fox News reported.

And while Americans fear being accosted as they go about their lives, a report from the Police Executive Research Forum reveals that police resignations are up 18% and retirements are up 45%.

Things are so bad in Los Angeles that LAPD Detective Jamie McBride is warning would-be visitors to go elsewhere.

“It’s not safe here,” McBride cautioned viewers. “I’ve been telling people for over a year, do not come to Los Angeles. We cannot keep you safe.”

“Every day is living in a movie set, between the movie ‘Purge’ with all the violence, crimes and murders, and ‘The Walking Dead,’ because you got all these people there on drugs in the homeless tents,” he said.

So, how did things in liberal-run cities get so bad?

While the panel pointed to the Democrats’ push in 2020 to defund the police following the death of George Floyd and progressive soft-on-crime policies, the root of at least part of the problem can be found in a document known as “The New Urban Agenda” adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador back in 2016.

Buried in the document is the UN’s stance on the “right to the city,” which the International Institute for Sustainable Development defines as the “right of all inhabitants, present and future, permanent and temporary to use, occupy and produce just, inclusive and sustainable cities, defined as a common good essential to a full and decent life.”

Strip away all the flowery language and dig into the core of the concept, and you’ll understand why homelessness has been allowed to invade the sidewalks and freeway underpasses of the nation’s largest — and most left-leaning — cities.

At the end of the day, what began as a socialist slogan in the 1960s has morphed into making it permissible for anyone to pitch a tent on an available patch of land and call it home.

Add to that the insane idea of defunding police departments, and you’ll inevitably end up with chaos.

“What they’re doing now is vilifying the job, and they’re connecting with our state’s attorney and our chief judge, letting all these prisoners out and all these offenders out immediately,” former Chicago police officer Anthony Napolitano explained. “And it makes cops throw their hands up in the air and say, I’m not going to do this job anymore.”

The opportunity for Americans to reverse some of these mad policies is just days away, at the ballot box, according to Sgt. Smith.

“Most citizens want their police departments refunded or funded more, while citizens are concerned with our mental health,” Smith said. “And most citizens want more police in their neighborhoods.”

“It’s not the people who want their police defunded,” she added, “it’s the politicians.”

Melissa Fine


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