"Mass Exodus": Seattle Cops Quitting In Droves Over City Politics

Seattle cops are leaving in droves because they're "fed up" with Seattle's policies, according to the Seattle Police Officer's Guild

In a Sunday appearance on Fox & Friends, Guild VP Rich O'Neill said that a "number of issues" are causing Seattle officers to pack up and leave town - opting for jobs elsewhere. At least 41 officers have left the Seattle PD this year. While retired, at least 20 officers left Seattle for other cities and county law enforcement agencies.

O'Neill told Q13 FOX that local officials "are allowing certain crimes to go on without accountability."

“Worker bees on the street, they don't feel appreciated. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” another source within the Seattle PD told Q13 Fox.

Also at issue is a lack of pay raises throughout the department in over four years - despite Seattle's economy "booming," while officers are complaining that more money is being invested in social programs. 

Officers complain they’ve been working without a contract for more than three years. The negotiations are ongoing with meetings taking place, but there’s still distance between what the city wants and what officers find acceptable. And due to the confidentiality of the process, the public doesn’t know how far apart the sides are. We do know one sticking point is pay and the process is complex and multifaceted.

Repeatedly, officers have complained to me about unsatisfactory pay, which they don’t believe has kept up with the cost of living. Indeed, some officers are leaving because they can’t afford to live in the very city they police. -Mynorthwest.com

"The number of officers on the street [is] pretty much the same as the 1970s, which is just alarming," said O'Neill. 

The city's liberal stance on the homeless population and drug use is another issue for Seattle cops.

[T]here are many homeless citizen "encampments" and tents and "open-air drug markets" on the streets.

"It's just like lawlessness," he said. "As our officers encounter them they don't want shelter, they don't want help."

"They want to live there where they can have their guns and their drugs and their needles and just not be bothered." -Fox

It also doesn't help that two city council members have been highly critical of law enforcement - with one calling two police officers murderers.

Officers are growing tired of the constant barrage of negativity from councilmembers like Kshama Sawant, Mike O’Brien, and Lorena Gonzalez. In exit interviews with the SPD, some officers noted Seattle politics played a role.

Sawant’s name came up in nearly every conversation I’ve had for this story — none of it positive. No stranger to controversy, Sawant is currently the subject of a defamation lawsuit after claiming two officers committed a “brutal murder” when they shot and killed convicted felon Che Taylor. Taylor was reaching for a gun when he was shot and the officers were cleared by an internal review board. -Mynorthwest.com

“[Officers] came to help people and we help people all the time, but we don’t talk about that,” argued Stuckey. “If you make a mistake, we’ll put your name in the paper, pull every mistake you ever made, and beat you down so you can’t work anywhere else, take away your livelihood, if we don’t like your mistake. Tell me another profession that treats people like that?”

“Not only do they not support the police, but they villainize us,” one officer explained to journalist Jason Rantz. “Sawant, in no way shape or form, should she make a comment on something she doesn’t understand.”

“I live here. This is where I call home,” said Officer's Guild president Kevin Stuckey. “I just recently visited some other cities; Minneapolis. Madison, WI. These are beautiful cities. Ours used to be beautiful, too. Seattle isn’t beautiful anymore and I see no one making it beautiful again. If I was ten to fifteen years younger, I’d look to move somewhere else, too, if I’m being honest. I hope that we’ll be able to fix this situation…

Comments

Stu Elsample Mon, 07/02/2018 - 23:49 Permalink

The Democrat Party caters to lowlife criminal trash who would love nothing more than to shoot a cop dead.. yet police officers will vote Democrat because their union reps tell them to do so.

Any police officer who votes for ANY Democrat must have a death wish.

vato poco wee-weed up Tue, 07/03/2018 - 02:46 Permalink

hard to know who to root for here. 

one the one hand, we've got cops whining like little bitches that they're being treated exactly the same way they treat anyone unlucky enough to fall into their clutches (and spare me the outrage. I'm an old white dude, and I'm fuckin' tired of seeing cops who shot the unarmed kid in the back being told 'righteous good shoot, O brave proud warrior!') so fuck 'em

OTOH, it's seattle: so fuck *them*

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besnook pazmaker Tue, 07/03/2018 - 08:31 Permalink

cops have been trained to be assholes. fuck them. seattle is smart. catering to public union, especially the cop union, blackmail for pensions has to end. fuck da police. crime is at the lowest level since the 70s and concentrated in a few neighborhoods. the need for cops should reflect the drop in crime. there is no evidence more cops mean less crime.

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Free This besnook Tue, 07/03/2018 - 10:05 Permalink

Socialism KILLS! When the rule of law, and I am not defending bad cops, but not all of them are bad, quite the opposite, who will be the fittest in the jungle?

You want to come against me? LOL, you have never encountered a mutherfucker like me before, so if you want to go all jungle, just know there will be no one to save you from assholes like me. I will give no quarter to robbers, murderers, rapists and drug addled thieves. Just know that much, and good fucking luck!

Sic Semper Tyrannis

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Kurpak RafterManFMJ Tue, 07/03/2018 - 01:53 Permalink

As a confident, armed, and relatively law abiding citizen living in Seattle I actually enjoy the lack of police (you notice this especially when driving on the autobahn-like freeway 1-5 south near the airport), but holy SHIT they need to bulldoze out all those vermin + sidewalk tents everywhere you look downtown dear LORD.  These aren't poor displaced folk down on their luck. These are career dipshits living it up on Seattle's dole. I actually saw a 4 burner bbq grill setup the other day cooking burgers. It's no wonder all the cops are quitting.

Welcome to bartertown

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yellowsub NoDebt Tue, 07/03/2018 - 08:55 Permalink

It's really a damn shame on how far we've come only to lose out on another chance at human spiritual advancement because humanity could likely devolve back to their animal nature to where we start all over again.  

I thought we'd be smart enough to see that cooperation bears more fruit than warring with each other.  

 

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jmack T-NUTZ Tue, 07/03/2018 - 00:11 Permalink

Indeed,   The police do not police the people that are making things worse, the politicians, therefore they are like hamsters on a wheel, never actually affecting anything of import.  Instead they are tools of the politicians and a catalyst for the problems that plague urban and suburban, and now rural areas.

 

    So fuck them.

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jmack neidermeyer Tue, 07/03/2018 - 00:42 Permalink

its the invincibility of prosecutors and judges, it all stems from that, and they feed it down to get what they want from the guys on the front line,  you do what I want, i protect you, you stray, I will fuck you up the ass.  And they hop and step right to the tune.  

 

   It is corrupt as hell, and not a whisper about it anywhere.

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Utopia Planitia I am Groot Tue, 07/03/2018 - 01:12 Permalink

Can't speak for other cities.  But in Seattle the Mayor and City Council have ordered the police to take a "hands off" approach to any leftist reprobate. Regardless of what said reprobate does.  And I mean that literally.  Several years ago a man was murdered in the presence of several Seattle cops because the tribe that committed the murder was declared a Protected Class by the Mayor and City Council.  You can look it up.  The police were ordered to let said protected class do anything they wanted, and the police were not to interfere.  Why that murder did not result in honest citizens burning the entire place to the ground is a mystery. But it certainly solidified my stance at having left the city years before.  And I never go into the city, despite living not that far away.  There is no reason to venture into the city limits of the shithole that is Seattle.

If an honest cop steps out of line they are destroyed, just as the article states.  If you began your career before things got so far out of control it is difficult to leave.  I was not a cop but chose to leave many years ago.  That was tough, but it was well worth it.  But you need a spine of steel to disrupt your life (and your family's) if you have a big mortgage and many connections in the city.  I purposely had neither, so all I had to do was pack the car and say "Fvck You" on the way out.

I know a handful of Seattle cops from years back.  All grew up as multi-generational cops, and so it was natural for them to join up and remain there.  Those guys have it really tough, with all their family and friend connections deep in the machine.  They are unhappy, but feel they have no choice.  (Do you want to have an eternal battle with your wife and children over choosing to move? I would do it, but I am not averse to doing things the hard way.)

Maybe that gives you an idea about how this can happen. That does not describe every cop but does provide a real context that exists in Seattle.  I am very happy that so many are finally leaving.  Once there are no cops and the place burns to the ground then healing can begin.  Until then it is just going to get worse and worse with the PTB in that shithole.  That is what commitment to a destructive philosophy will do.  Nothing will dissuade the left from remaining committed to their sick ideology.  Nothing.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Utopia Planitia Tue, 07/03/2018 - 01:32 Permalink

I second everything you said.

I fail to understand the ideology of the left to make everyone poor, to make everyone a government dependent, to have the mentally ill running around on the street, to allow criminals to do as they please.

That isn't a rational or civilized society. That is an open-air insane asylum. Which is exactly what Shitattle, Potland, and LA have become. Open air loony bins.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 ZD1 Tue, 07/03/2018 - 02:14 Permalink

Yeah! I agree! I have a mentally ill family member. Did they put that person in the hospital? No! Some fucking charity gave him, and his GF, one way tickets to Hawaii. I wish I was making this shit up. Basically, the only way you end up on a mental ward is after you have killed someone. The family, the police, the doctors have no power to keep someone locked up. These people know this and abuse the system.

FFS, tickets to Hawaii for the mentally ill. Yes, we are at peak insanity.

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I am Groot Utopia Planitia Tue, 07/03/2018 - 02:18 Permalink

Wow, thanks for that explanation. It all kind of makes sense now. My brain couldn't understand what my eyes were seeing all over the country. 

This just proves to me more that the Left doesn't just need to be shut down. They need to be entirely eradicated from this country. And they need to be beaten so badly in the next civil war so that they look back at history and never come back to this country.

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StarGate Utopia Planitia Tue, 07/03/2018 - 09:17 Permalink

SUNKtuary City status is what the Cop should fight. The status equates with mob run govt. It is lawless by definition with the goal to support /attract illegal traffic and the drugs that undermine society.

It is anti-citizen, anti-order. The purpose is obvious, destroy America from within and make the tax paying, working citizen fund it.

If they have a union they can speak or strike as one. Police work as social workers as well as law maintainers. If their 911 calls go unanswered the real citizens would wake up fast. Don’t whine about pay to the populace because they don’t care. If they did care about law they would halt the SUNKtuary crime status over night.

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jmack I am Groot Tue, 07/03/2018 - 01:20 Permalink

   they do what they are told by their captains, who do what they are told by their chiefs, who are told what they are going to do by the elected officials, the law be damned, they do what will get the politician elected again, and if they dont, the full force of the local media, the prosecutors and the judges are brought against them.

 

   And if any credentialed media or muckrakers try to reveal anything, they are surveiled by the police until they either put enough pressure on them to stop, or find an actual crime, or an opportunity to plant something to make a crime to put them or their family in jail.  Every day. in . america. Fuck these motherfuckers.   The whole BLM thing is a ploy to push non-radicals back into the pro police camp, its a freaking political psy-op.  And if you think that is a conspiracy theory, then fuck you, just look at the Broward country Sheriff's office.  Dallas Police, Ft Worth Police, Dallas county Sheriffs, Tarrant country Sheriffs, San Antonio Police.... every police force or Sheriff's office I have looked at for more than 30 minutes is as crooked as the day is long, and it goes right up to the prosecutors and the judges , and I think it goes without saying that the vast majority of city officials and county commissioners are right there in the mix, with many of them either getting FBI cases brought against them, or under close scrutiny by the FBI.  

 

    Just the latest of many many examples: https://www.mysanantonio.com/business/local/article/State-Sen-Carlos-Ur…

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