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New York Police Department officers are retiring at a staggering rate amid a crime surge in the city and growing tensions with Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Hill reported Thursday.

In the last week, 179 NYPD officers have filed for retirement, which marks a 411% increase from 2019’s 35, according to the Hill.

The retirements follow violent riots that roiled the city, De Blasio’s decision to slash the NYPD budget and the decision to disband the anti-crime unit. Soon after the unit’s 600 plainclothes officers were reassigned to new roles, shootings in the city surged by more than 358% in mid-June.

The protests began the week of May 25, the day George Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. Since that date, 503 NYPD officers have filed for retirement, a 75% increase from the 287 a year prior.

“While the decision to retire is a personal one and can be attributed to a range of factors, it is a troubling trend that we are closely monitoring,” NYPD Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell, a spokesperson for the NYPD deputy commissioner, told CNN.

O’Donnell told CNN that when someone retired, the pension section sends a notice of who filed for retirement. What is usually a page or two at the most has become 6 pages of notices.

“Of course, cops are retiring at a higher rate,” Chris Monahan, president of the Captains Endowment Association, told CNN. “We’ve been abandoned by the NYPD and elected officials.”

Author: Marlo Safi

Source: Daily Caller: 179 NYPD Officers Reportedly Retire In One Week Amid Crime Surge And Tension With Mayor De Blasio

Two Californians have been charged with a hate crime for painting over a Black Lives Matter mural, numerous sources reported.

Nichole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, were charged with violation of civil rights, vandalism and possession of tools to commit vandalism after they covered up the mural in front of a courthouse with paint on July 4, KRON 4 reported Tuesday.

Anderson was caught on camera by a witness using black paint to cover the mural, which was permitted by the city and was painted the day of the vandalism. The mural was restored after being vandalized.

If convicted, Anderson and Nelson face up to a year in county jail. The alleged offenses are exempt from a specific bail amount due to the current bail schedule, according to KRON 4.

“We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention,” Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton stated.

“The mural completed last weekend was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the importance of Black lives in Contra Costa County and the country. We must continue to elevate discussions and actually listen to one another in an effort to heal our community and country.”

Martinez, which is in Contra Costa County, is around 25 miles from San Francisco.

Author: Marlo Safi

Source: Daily Caller: Two Californians Charged With Hate Crime For Painting Over Black Lives Matter Mural

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