More than 230 cops have either retired, resigned or been fired since 2020 — a more than 20 percent decrease — and the department is struggling to make up the manpower deficit with new recruits, Fox News reports.
At the same time, deadly violence has sharply risen in Kentucky’s biggest city, with 201 shootings so far reported this year compared to 109 from the same time last year, and a 75 percent increase in annual murders through April 25, police data shows.
Two officers were shot in September after a grand jury did not indict cops in the killing of Taylor.
“I would say that we’re in dire straits,” said River City Fraternal Order of Police press secretary and police union spokesman Dave Mutchler, according to the article.
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