American police departments across the United States are suffering a type of staff shortage that shouldn’t be a problem to begin with. But against the backdrop of the discovery of alarming police violence; state sponsored murders, and just all around hatred for non-white Americans —- police departments are finding that many officers are well on their way out. While most certainly not all officers are racist or suffer from racial undertones in their daily life — a stunning series of recent displays in the United States have proven that others do.
According to the Associated Press, some police departments are seeing retirements by the dozens. Some departments are reporting that retirement figures are as high as 45% when they don’t have to be. It might seem like a hard pill to swallow for the trigger-happy types — but policing should’ve been for everybody from the start but because it never was some officers are retiring because they can’t abuse others anymore.
Per the study group reported by the AP, the group studied particularly 194 precincts out of roughly 18,000. It used data from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 to compile the numbers presented for the study.