Maryland Fraternal Order of Police president Clyde Boatwright and LAPD officer Deon Joseph blamed the decline in the recruitment of Black officers nationwide on the motion to “defund the police.” 

Speaking with Bill Hemmer on “America’s Newsroom” Friday, the legislation enforcement representatives – each Black – lambasted the left’s anti-cop rhetoric.

“The major issue is you have the inability, almost-improbability of getting African-Americans to join due to the diabolization of police officers over the last six or seven years,” Joseph mentioned. 


“It makes it very tough for them to recruit African-Americans.”

“Our political leaders have used the ‘defund the police’ movement as a political football to advance their own careers,” Boatwright mentioned. 

“We have made the policing profession so unattractive to not only African-Americans but other minorities. To sit there and expect people to join the ranks of a profession that has been vilified for the last 18 months or two years or so…is an unreasonable expectation.”

Not coincidentally, the U.S. murder fee spiked 30% from 2019 to 2020, the biggest such improve in 100 years, in accordance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Joseph faulted left-wing politicians and neighborhood advocates for spouting anti-cop vitriol that has shrunk the ranks of officers in the nation’s largest cities. He pushed again on ideologues taking part in id politics.

“I’m not a crayon. You can’t pull out my Black side or my blue side and use it for whatever agenda,” he mentioned. 

“What we need is to put African-American officers who can convey…to young African-Americans that this job is what you make it. Your soul and your will control you, not your skin color or the color of your uniform.”

Boatwright ended the interview by stressing the significance of getting concerned and incentivizing minority recruitment to the police power.