Protesters demand cuts in law enforcement funding
In the US, police officers complained that they were constantly faced with hatred and ingratitude from the Americans against the backdrop of protests, reports The Washington Post.
Many police are increasingly reporting acts of aggression against them by the Americans — both verbal abuse and attempts to cause physical harm — to drop a bottle or brick. In two weeks of protests, 749 police officers were injured in riots. Of these, 150 were injured during rallies in Washington, where 22 police officers had to be hospitalized. In North Carolina, two police officers were killed.
“Work in law enforcement is the only job at which you throw stones, bricks and Molotov cocktails at you simply because you have the same profession as someone who has done something terrible thousands of kilometers from here,” the head of the International Chiefs of Police Association Stephen Casstevens.
According to him, the work of policemen in society is unfairly condemned, and its importance and complexity are often underestimated. The head of the Los Angeles police union Robert Harris said that officers often have to stand in cordon for 12-14 hours, while being attacked by citizens.
Other law enforcement officials also complained that they were not receiving due appreciation for their service. So, members of police unions admitted that they feel like Vietnam War veterans who have returned to their homeland, where they hate them.
“Stop treating us like animals and thugs, and treat us with some respect,” said Mike O’Meara, head of the New York City Police Union.
Police fears are not supported by statistics. Over the past decade, the United States has not seen a steady increase in the number of police officers killed or injured in the line of duty. As some experts note, the mood of society, most likely, is not a manifestation of disrespect for the police, who do their job well, but are caused by the desire to bring to justice those who committed the crime.
The death of African-American George Floyd during his detention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in late May caused widespread protests throughout the country. Rallies against police brutality take place in many US cities. Trump told protesters that he has no plans to cut police funding