(LibertySociety.com) – The last couple of years have been very hard on law enforcement officers. This year, the Capitol Police have had an especially rough time. They’ve lost multiple officers, both in the line of duty and from suicide. On top of that, the Democratic Party has introduced a proposal that could hurt them. Now, the Capitol Police union has called out the Left for their actions.
On Thursday, May 20, the head of the Capitol Police’s union released a statement condemning Congress for failing to address issues with officers’ retirement pay. USCP Labor Committee Chairman Gus Papathanasiou said more than 70 Capitol police officers had left the force since the January 6 incident on the Hill, and worrying about that has kept him up at night. He slammed Congress for introducing a $1.9 billion security bill that didn’t change officers’ retirement plans to incentivize them to stay.
Papathanasiou explained that the Capitol Police have accumulated “more than 700,000 hours of overtime” annually, and none of that money counts toward their retirement.
"What keeps me awake at night is not the challenge of hiring and training more police officers, but keeping the officers we have right now," said USCP Labor Committee Chairman Gus Papathanasiou. "We have many officers on the fence about whether to stay with this department." https://t.co/dc6G7OrfoN
— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) May 21, 2021
Democrats in Congress could easily submit a proposal to make the necessary changes to the officers’ retirements or incentivize them somehow, but they haven’t. Instead, they’ve used the January 6 incident as a way to gain political points without actually doing anything to help the men and women who were keeping them safe that day.
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