Seattle Loses Nearly 20 Percent of Police Officers Amid 'Defund Police' Sentiment
'The support that we had in my generation of policing is no longer there'
The Seattle Police Department has seen a loss of almost 20 percent of its force over the past year due to an anti-police attitude emanating from the "defund the police" movement.
SPD officer Clayton Powell, who has been with the police for 27 years, said some 260 officers have left in the last year and a half.
He added he is also retiring but was planning when he reached three decades with the force.
“The support that we had in my generation of policing is no longer there,” he told the news outlet.
“When you see businesses get destroyed and families lose their livelihood because of that destruction, and we can’t do anything about it. We’re not allowed to intercede,” Powell said.
Powell added that some officers had objects, including rocks, thrown at them during the riots last year.
He said police has “stand there and take it.”
In New York, over 5,300 police officers resigned or retired, a massive increase of 75 percent over the previous year as morale plummets.
One officer who said he would have waited to retire until he had been with force 30 years said:
“It’s an all-out war on cops, and we have no support," he told the New York Post.
NYPD has also seen 300 of its officers injured due to the riots.
In June, New York City's Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he was slashing funds from the NYPD's $6 billion budget and, instead, diverting the money to social services.
De Blasio revealed he was taking money from the city's police department and investing it into youth programs and social services for minority communities.
"We need to do a lot more for our young people," de Blasio said during a press conference.
"We will be moving funding from the NYPD to youth initiatives and social services."
New York saw a rise in murders in 2020, an increase some experts pinned on the defunding movement.
In Washington state, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee signed a dozen law enforcement police reform measures claiming to boost accountability in policing and address “systemic racism” in the state.
The bills signed by Inslee include outright bans on police use of chokehold no-knock warrants and also require police officers to intervene if a colleague engages in excessive force.
A Rasmussen Reports survey released last month showed 63 percent of approximately 1,000 likely U.S. voters are concerned about anti-police rhetoric, which progressive Democrats push.