18 Atlanta Cops Quit, LAPD Can’t Pay $40 Million Overtime
(ZeroHedge) As protests against police brutality continue to rage across major US cities, cops across the country have reached their breaking point.
On Monday,the Atlanta Police Foundation some 19 Atlanta police officers have resigned amid the growing civil unrest. And according to Foundation CEO Dave Wilkinson, “Morale is at an all-time low.”
“We are now going into the third consecutive week of unabated protests in which officers have worked 12-hour shifts seven days per week. As you can imagine, their stress levels are exacerbated by physical and emotional exhaustion,” Wilkinson told CBS46.
The resignations come after an officer involved in the shooting death of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was fired, another was placed on administrative leave, and Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields announced that she would be stepping down following the incident.
“The morale is bad right now. A lot of anger and frustration directed at our police officers,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
As we noted over the weekend, Tulsa, Oklahoma police major Travis Yates told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that police morale is at an all-time low, and that “Every department, every officer you talk to is looking to leave.”
Making matters worse, Los Angeles Police Department officers have racked up to $40 million in overtime during the recent protests, according to FoxLA‘s Bill Melugin, whose sources tell him morale is at “rock bottom.”
NEW: LAPD officers racked up $40 million in overtime during the recent protests, but won’t be paid for it, and will instead be given comp time, according to a memo sent out by Chief Moore I obtained. Budget is out of cash. LAPD sources tell me morale is at “rock bottom”. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/Hs4iZSofaE— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) June 16, 2020