Story at a glance
- Since George Floyd’s death, demonstrators across the country have been protesting police use of force and even calling for police departments to be defunded.
- In some cities, police have resigned, citing the protests as part of their decision.
- While some are questioning their jobs and leadership, others are protesting changes.
Across the United States, cities have responded to protests over George Floyd’s death with the use of police force. While many demonstrations have remained peaceful, others have turned violent after protesters were met with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Some police departments and unions have doubled down on their practices and conduct, while others acknowledged the need for change. For various reasons, some in blue have turned in their resignations and set down their badges.
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In Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed, seven police officers resigned, according to the Star Tribune, with the possibility of additional resignations. Unnamed sources from inside the police department told the Tribune that morale is low and officers feel unappreciated by both citizens and leadership.
In Atlanta, eight officers have resigned, according to local news reports, correcting a previous report by the Atlanta Police Foundation of 19 resignations. In a press conference, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, “The morale is bad right now. My understanding is it is really bad.”
In South Florida, 10 police officers resigned from the SWAT unit, according to local news outlets, which reported concern over safety. Documents obtained by FOX8 said the officers felt undertrained and equipped as well as restrained by "politicalization of our tactics."
In Buffalo, 57 members of the department's emergency response team resigned from the unit, but not from the police force, after a video of a 75-year-old man pushed to the ground by police officers went viral. Initial reports suggested the resignation was a show of support for the officers suspended over the incident, but two officers later told a local news outlet that was not the reason. Instead, KSBY News reported officers felt they did not have legal protection from the city.
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