Police in the United States complained that they were faced with hatred and ingratitude on the part of the Americans against the protests that took place in the country after the death of black George Floyd, who died as a result of harsh actions by law enforcement officers during his arrest. About it writes The Washington Post.
As the newspaper notes, many police officers increasingly report acts of aggression against them by residents of the country, moreover, they are both verbal abuse and attempts to cause physical harm, for example, throwing a bottle or a brick. So, in two weeks of protests, 749 police officers across the country were injured as a result of the riots. Of these, 150 were injured during rallies in the US capital Washington, where 22 police officers needed hospitalization. In addition, it is known that two police officers were killed in North Carolina, but the circumstances of their death are not yet known exactly.
“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 did something terrible thousands of kilometers from here,” complained the head of the International Chiefs of Police Association Steven Casstevens. According to him, the work of policemen is unfairly condemned in society, and its importance and complexity are often underestimated. As the leader of the Los Angeles police union Robert Harris (Robert Harris), 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. In particular, 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.
At the same time, writes The Washington Post, the alarming mood of law enforcement officers is not confirmed by statistics. So, it is known that over the past decade in the United States there has not been 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.
Dozens of U.S. cities are in riots. They began after the death of a black guard George Floyd in Minneapolis, who died after a gross arrest. Speeches against police brutality are held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, New York, Indianapolis, Boston, Detroit and many other cities.