An entire North Carolina police department resigned Friday after a new town manager implemented what police officers said was dangerous policies that work against their department.
Police officers in the town of Kenly submitted their “mass-resignation letters citing stress, a hostile work environment and an inability to continue the department’s long-term betterment projects,” according to Fox News.
The culprit behind the massive resignations: Town Manager Justine Jones.
According to reports, Police Chief Josh Gibson “expressed regret toward the negative changes he felt were occurring in the department” and the concern that the town would be left without protection from a police force.
“In my 21 years at the Kenly Police Department, we have seen ups and downs. But, especially in the last 3 years, we have made substantial progress that we had hoped to continue. However, due to the hostile work environment now present in the Town of Kenly, I do not believe progress is possible,” wrote Gibson in a letter.
Neither the police department nor Jones has been willing to speak to the media on the nature of these complaints, local outlets report.
The town of Kenly won’t be the last to see such drastic moves by law enforcement officers. In fact, across the nation law enforcement officers have complained about failed leadership and their inability to do their jobs.
Lawmakers, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY), who have called for defunding law enforcement agencies have been the impetus behind a wave of proposed anti-law enforcement policies across the nation.
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