Illinois Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood said on Thursday that the high number of police officers leaving the force is due to low morale from her party’s anti-police attacks.
Underwood shared the comments during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” regarding policing in Chicago following the rise in violent crime in the city.
The Congresswoman said the “image around the country is one that it will take some deep reflection within the leadership of these law enforcement agencies to try and figure out how they can help recast this image of law enforcement.”
Independence Day weekend was called, “Chicago’s most violent weekend of 2021,” in a Chicago Sun-Times report. It claimed 104 people were shot over the weekend in the city, including 19 killed.
The shootings marked more than 2,000 for the year in Chicago, according the report.
Chicago police retirements are already higher than all of 2018, and could be the highest in the city’s history by the year’s end.
A June report noted “from January through June, 363 officers have left the Chicago Police Department, and another 56 are expected to retire in July.”
The decline will likely continue unless changes are made in how law enforcement are treated in the city.