By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Fallout over the way 2020 Democratic presidential contender and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg handled a police shooting in his city earlier this summer is beginning to steamroll, with officers threatening a “mass exodus” after morale has fallen to a historic low.
As we reported earlier this month, the president of the Sound Bend, Ind., police association is boldly refuting allegations by Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, that a recent shooting involving a white officer and a black suspect, Erik Logan, was racially motivated:
During an appearance onÂ Fox Newsâ€˜ â€œTucker Carlson Tonight,â€ Harvey Mills of the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police said the incident had nothing to do with â€œskin color,â€ but rather centered around an officer defending himself against a felony suspect who was attempting to attack him with an eight-inch knife.
In a speech in Chicago at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition with the Rev. Jesse Jackson Monday, Buttigieg essentially threw his entire police force under a bus when he suggested that there was deep-rooted racial bias within the department.Â
He also claimed that he has been â€˜workingâ€™ to fix a racial disparity on the majority-white force, noting that â€œyoung African Americans not trusting police and therefore not wanting to become police officersâ€ is one reason whyÂ NPRÂ reported.
Buttigieg said in his speech that South Bend is a â€œcity that has known its measure of pain.â€ He added that he has worked to increase police professionalism, decrease bias, increase de-escalation tactics, but â€œwhatever weâ€™ve done has not been enough.â€
â€œThis is not just a political problem and it is not just a police problem and it is not just my problem or my cityâ€™s problem. And it is certainly not a black problem. This is an American problem, demanding nationwide solutions,â€ he claimed.
During the shooting, the officerâ€™s body camera was turned off, but Mills said there wasnâ€™t a speck of racial animous involved.
â€œThis is about an officer that was forced to defend himself against a dangerous felon who used an eight-inch hunting knife to attack him,â€ said Mills. â€œThatâ€™s all this incident is about.â€
Asked about the overall effects of Buttigiegâ€™s criticism on the department, Mills said it is grossly â€œdemoralizing.â€
â€œYou know, he used the term â€˜systemic racism,’â€ Mills noted. â€œMaybe he doesnâ€™t understand the definition of â€˜systemic.â€™ We do. That means heâ€™s basically called all police officers racist, and that is blatantly untrue.â€
Now, thanks to Buttigieg’s insinuation that his city’s police force is packed with bigots and racists, the force is threatening to disintegrate.
“I think youâ€™re going to see a mass exodus, our administration is a joke,” one officer toldÂ Fox News.
Other officers said morale was at an all-time low and added that officers do “nothing” now.
“We call ourselves firemen, we sit around in parking lots until we’re called and then we go to the call, because if you say or do something wrong, then you get hung,” one officer said.
Another cop said he expected as many as 10 officers to bail over the next year.Â And Mills said he’s spoken to five or six officers who were considering leaving the force because of Buttigieg’s response to the shooting.
Officers also said Buttigieg never attends the annual event in the city commemorating fallen officers.
“When you see the politics and the way police officers are treated by the media and by politicians, it’s like, why would anyone want to sign up to do this job right now?” an officer said.
This trend of “blame cops first” began during the Obama years, when his politicized Justice Department under activist AGs Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch injected the federal government into local law enforcement activities under the guise of “racism.”
Thus, the revolt by police officers was both predictable and expected. Officers in Leftist-run cities all around the country have reported feeling similarly abandoned when the chips are down. Instead of being able to count on city leaders to have their backs, they are often thrown to the legal wolves instead.
Such responses, as noted above, are leading officers to either leave law enforcement altogether or seek employment with departments where they feel better protected. City officials like Buttigieg are also the reason why departments are having difficulty filling their ranks, like Seattle, where a socialist city councilwoman has also labeled the department “racist.”
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