May 2020 News Roundup
Our men and women in blue dealt with an onslaught of hardship and disrespect this month. One of the most egregious was local and state decisions to release prisoners early, including violent offenders. The idea was to keep inmates “safe” during the Coronavirus pandemic, but that decision has instead put even more people in danger- including our officers. Officers are now forced to spend their time rearresting released convicts. We have also lost over 106 officers to COVID-19, which is now officially more than the number of officers we lost on 9/11.
It was in the midst of all of this that we celebrated and honored National Police Week this month, including a virtual candlelight vigil hosted by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. This was particularly meaningful this month as we remembered all those that sacrificed their lives in the line of duty, including those that have recently lost their lives to a deadly virus they contracted on duty.
Demand our state leaders stop releasing prisoners on early release, and voice your opposition to continued low/no cost bail reform. Thank an officer for continuing to protect and serve in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and sign our petition to show your support for restoring respect to our police officers.
- Chicago: Inmates rearrested for murders and violent assaults after released on “affordable bail”
- Calif. LE ask state to change $0 bail rule after crime rates spike
- Senate Honors Fallen Officers & Pass Vital Legislation for Law Enforcement
- 106 Police Officers Have Died From COVID-19, Surpassing 9/11
- Union leaders want hazard pay for law enforcement officers during pandemic
- Jacksonville police union tells judges to fall in line or ‘find a new line of work’
- Officer ambushed, shot repeatedly after stopping for a ‘stalled car’ that may have been a setup