In this story, suicide is covered. Please call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK if you or someone you know is contemplating suicide (8255).
5th Cop Dead in Seven Months
During this October, a law enforcement officer in San Antonio died by suicide. He was 30 years old and the department’s fifth recently resigned or active-duty officer to take his own life in the previous seven months, according to authorities.
Fox News Digital quotes them as saying this serves as a strong reminder of difficulties police are having with performing their duties in the face of the countrywide ‘defund the police’ movement.
Officer Jordan Hammond of the San Antonio Police Department, who had been on the force for five years, committed suicide this past week at the age of 30, according to KENS-TV.
5th San Antonio police officer dies from suicide in last 7 months, experts weigh in: 'Stop the demonization' https://t.co/5G6P8eLeAw
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 17, 2022
Officers have a propensity to internalize trauma and pressures from the job, according to Darron Phillips, a 28-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department.
He has worked in a variety of capacities, including as a bomb technician and a detective. Phillips stated that the George Floyd political movement “actually harms police work.”
He emphasized how social media may have contributed to the social isolation of some people and the loss of communication skills in young folks.
I blame ALL the democrats for this – they bash the police yet pay hundreds of thousands for their own private security to keep them safe
— Country Girl (@NcCntrydream) October 17, 2022
Phillips also noted that trauma-related brain injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), have increased in prevalence among police officers.
According to him, the “Ferguson effect” is “absolutely 100% real,” which holds that crime rates rise when police hesitate or refrain from policing as a result of being demonized and mistrusted.
Democrats to Blame
Officer Paul Carreon served for 19 years before passing away in April. Officer Paul Zavala served for 28 years before passing away two weeks after retiring in June.
Officer Justin Garcia took his life in August after serving for six years. Detective Frank Rodriguez passed away in September after serving for 15 years.
Each of them is among the officers who have died, according to the SAPD. When Fox News Digital contacted the San Antonio police for comment, they did not respond right away.
Glenn responded that voicing support for police is a good place to start when asked what city leaders can do right away to tackle the problems with suicides.
Glenn advised those in positions of authority in government to support their police officers and stop being afraid of the consequences of doing so.
“Instead of just throwing money at the issue, you gather the most effective resources you can. You support your officers and, of course, keep giving them the finest instruction you can.”
“We must make an enormous effort to recruit so we can rebuild our numbers and boost morale. Though the most important thing is to stop demonizing the industry and move fast to support and rally behind our police officers.”This article appeared in The Patriot Brief and has been published here with permission.