Minneapolis police officers are leaving the department in droves.
Nearly 200 officers have filed paperwork to leave the force because of what they claim is post-traumatic stress, said Ronald F. Meuser Jr., a lawyer representing the officers, according to a report by the New York Times on Tuesday. Around 20% of a department of around 850 people could soon be gone.
The news comes nearly two months after George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man suspected of using a fake $20 bill, was killed during an arrest by four police officers, sparking protests around the nation against racial inequality and police brutality.
Roughly 65 officers have left the department this year, which is higher than the 45 departures per year.
“It’s almost like a nuclear bomb hit the city, and the people who didn’t perish are standing around,” Officer Rich Walker Sr., a 16-year Minneapolis police veteran and union official, said of the mood within the department. “I’m still surprised that we’ve got cops showing up to work, to be honest.”
Floyd died on Memorial Day after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes despite his pleas for air.
The officer who pressed a knee to Floyd’s neck, Derek Chauvin, was fired from the department and has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The three other officers who were involved in detaining Floyd were also fired and charged with aiding and abetting murder.
Author: Mike Brest
Source: Washington Examiner: Nearly 200 officers have applied to leave Minneapolis police force