Since the anti-police protests started at the end of May, nearly 500 police officers in New York City have been injured in the line of duty.
More than 470 New York City police officers have been injured in the line of duty due to anti-police protests since May of this year, according to data through September 24 from the department and the New York Post.
Black Lives Matter protests, sparked across the nation after the death of George Floyd, sent thousands of people flooding the streets of major American cities, including one of the largest, New York City.
Officials from the department have stated that officers have been on the receiving end of Molotov cocktails, shot at, stabbed, hit with rocks and bricks, and hit by vehicles.
Of the 472 who reported injuries, 319 of those needed medical attention from a hospital. Seven of those who were injured were admitted into a hospital, such as Lt. Richard Mack, who was severely beaten as he made an arrest on the Brooklyn Bridge in July.
Unfortunately, these anti-police protestors have been emboldened by politicians who have joined their cause, but it appears some are coming to their senses.
A few members of the Minneapolis City Council are now backing away from their plan to dismantle the city’s police department. It happened after a surge in violent crime in that city.
The Star Tribune reports:
In the three months since nine council members pledged to end the department following George Floyd’s killing, the city has experienced a surge in violent crime, another night of unrest and blowback from residents who felt they had been left out of the initial conversations about change.
Some council members have remained consistent in their statements about policing, while others have softened their rhetoric, saying now that they do envision officers as part of any revamping of public safety.
Ultimately, they are political animals and I suspect some suddenly realized that the Black Lives Matter organization does not represent the views of Americans and not even the opinions of most Blacks. And it is not even close. READ: 81% of Black Americans Want To Maintain or Increase Police Presence in Their Neighborhood
Meanwhile, Black leaders in Minneapolis had this to say about city council’s decision to defund the police. READ: ‘Absurd, Crazy, Ridiculous’: Black Leaders Slam Minneapolis City Council’s Plan To Defund The Police