Controversy and tension continues to affect law enforcement around the country. Leftist politicians and activists are calling for sweeping reform due to perceived police bias and racism.
However, many officers say much of the backlash is overblown and as a result, they don’t feel supported. They’ve also blamed political leaders for caving to leftist pressure.
Detroit Chief of Police James Craig is one of these strong voices.
Craig made an appearance on Fox News and immediately called out Michigan lawmakers, along with elected mayors in major American cities where rioting has taken hold.
He accused these leaders of putting unnecessary pressure on police officers, and law enforcement is feeling the crunch.
This has also resulted in police chiefs and other high-ranking law enforcement personnel resigning, according to Craig.
Via The Daily Wire:
This is nothing more than protest pressure.
Some who are in political leadership are folding to the pressure by the protesters, so it’s not by accident that you see the number of chiefs across the country who are leaving in large numbers.
They don’t feel supported. The men and women who are on the ground doing this work don’t feel supported.
Just last week, a Detroit judge banned Craig’s police force from using non-lethal tools against peaceful protesters. This included equipment like tear gas and batons.
But Craig claims this order was useless because his officers only use such tools against violent rioters, not against peaceful protesters.
The Detroit Chief also slammed mayors for failing to support their police departments, and instead opting to cave to Black Lives Matter protesters.
Perhaps most importantly, Craig says he believes the riots don’t have anything to do with racial equality: