A police department that became the target of anger and accusations two years ago can’t keep police officers.
Ferguson, Missouri has 13 open spots it needs to fill to reach its goal of 49 police officers.
The mayor there says many officers just got fed up with the work after the town exploded during the Michael Brown incident.
It’s not just a problem in Ferguson but nationwide, says Heather Mac Donald, who has become a law enforcement expert at the Manhattan Institute.
“As soon as somebody steps on the job the first day,” Mac Donald says, “he is going to be reviled as a racist.”
The hiring difficulties are contributing to some dangerous and vicious cycles, including lowering standards for new hirings.
“And so you’re going to also bring in people that may not have the same ability to make those excruciating snap judgments when faced with a shoot/don’t shoot situation,” she warns.
Police are also less likely to effectively patrol dangerous neighborhoods for fear of being falsely accused of an unjustified shooting as was the case in Ferguson. It’s a problem you’re not hearing about, Mac Donald says, because the media is bowing to political correctness.
“Everything the public thinks it knows about police shootings is completely wrong,” she says. “The entire Black Lives Matter narrative is wrong.”
Before the Ferguson riots, the city’s police force had 55 officers for a city of approximately 21,000 people.
But after the Justice Department stepped in with what Mac Donald calls a racially motivated and very expensive remedy for local law enforcement, the city can only afford 49.
Copyright American Family News. Reprinted with permission.