Monday, May 3, 2021

Cops Under Siege With Rising Waves of Violence; Louisville Police in 'dire straits' as Officer Retirements and Resignations Surge While Violent Crime Also Spikes, and other Police related stories

Josh Galemore/Arizona Daily Star via AP
Cops under siege with rising waves of violence:
Deadliest year in decades projected
A Delaware police officer died Wednesday after he was viciously beaten this week and became one of the latest victims in a growing wave of violent attacks on police in America.
Officials at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore pronounced Delmar Police Department Cpl. Keith *Heacook clinically dead Wednesday afternoon, though he was still on life support. The 22-year veteran was found unconscious Sunday morning by a Delaware state trooper while responding to a call about a fight.
Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings hailed Cpl. Heacook as a hero during a press conference Wednesday.
“We are here to mourn the loss of a man who devoted his entire career to the selfless cause of serving the rest of us,” she said. “We are here to acknowledge law enforcement across this state who willingly face danger each and every day so that all of the rest of us don’t have to.”
Cpl. Heacook is one of two officers who died Wednesday after an attack. A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy was also killed when he was ambushed by a gunman while conducting a routine welfare check. --->READ MORE HERE
Louisville police in 'dire straits' as officer retirements and resignations surge while violent crime also spikes:
The Louisville Police Department lost nearly 190 police officers last year and continues to bleed available resources in an exodus that police leadership is referring to as “dire.”
Kentucky’s largest city lost 188 police officers due to retirement or resignation in 2020, while 43 officers have stepped away so far this year.
"I would say that we’re in dire straits," Louisville police union press secretary Dave Mutchler said. "Our manpower is critically low.”
Mutchler said a contributing factor to the loss of available manpower is that “the climate we currently find ourselves in” has negatively affected recruiting and the “the pool of people wanting to become officers is shrinking every day." --->READ MORE HERE
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