In the wake of multiple high-profile police officer suicides, some alleged members of the so-called anti-fascist movement are doing their best to show just how callous and cruel they can be.
One example of this came as Portland police worked diligently to ensure everyone’s safety while antifa protesters and right-wing groups held rallies over the weekend.
Although there were some clashes between the groups, police helped keep a lid on the situation.
Despite the massive turnout of protesters and activists alike, there were no serious outbursts of violence. Only minor scuffles were reported, and local law enforcement is to thank for that.
Some who turned out appeared to be more focused on police than other protesters.
One man called police officers “parasite[s],” insisting they should shoot themselves. He was captured on video wearing what appears to be hockey gear and a motorcycle helmet while yelling at the cops.
“Last year, more cops died by suicide than dying in the line of duty,” the man said. “You all know your job is morally … bankrupt. You know you’re a parasite.”
“So shoot yourselves. Suicide is the only way out!” he added.
There’s no way to know exactly who this man was, though The Post Millenial said he was an antifa protester, and what he was wearing seemed to fit the bill.
“Shoot yourselves. Suicide is the only way out!”
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) August 17, 2019
While I doubt this man stays up to date with the latest law enforcement news, he’s likely at least aware of the rash of suicides tearing at the heart of our nation’s police departments.
And that makes his words even more heartless and cruel.
In New York City, the country’s largest municipal police department just experienced its ninth suicide of the year. With much of the year still ahead of us, it’s possible that number may go up.
New Jersey recently started a state-wide program to address their own problems with officer suicides. The state has seen over 35 police deaths by suicide since 2016, according to the Philly Voice.
As a nation, we lost 167 law enforcement officers to reported suicides last year alone.
Whether that’s due to the stresses and rigor of their jobs, or the increasingly vocal anti-cop movements that demonize officers, it’s clear there’s a very deadly problem in our police departments.
“You know, there is a nationwide statistic you may be aware of,” Father Dan Brandt, a chaplain for the Chicago Police Department, told NPR.
“A police officer is twice as likely to take his or her own life as they are to be killed by an aggressor, which, if you let that sink in, that’s an alarming statistic.”
While cities attempt to tackle this growing problem, protesters and even some in the media and government are working tirelessly to paint cops in a negative light.
Until the men and women who wear the shield are treated fairly and without hate, suicide may be a problem that departments will be unable to rid themselves of.
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