In 2023, the Biden administration continued weaponizing the Department of Justice – a trend that started under President Obama and picked up in 2020 following the death of George Floyd.
As a result, Randy Sutton of The Wounded Blue says cities just cannot find enough men and women to fill the uniforms.
"Law enforcement around the United States is facing a crisis in the retention of police officers and the recruitment of police officers," he laments.
A jump in violence directed at the thin blue line since the riots of 2020 also has many officers running for cover. Sutton says 2023 was one of the worst years on record.
"This year, we are over 350 police officers being shot in the line of duty," he reports. "That's more than one a day at this point."
In response, many officers have adopted the attitude, "I'll answer my 911 calls, but that's it," Sutton relays. "They're not doing proactive police work."
And he does not think help is on the way.
"There is nothing that I am seeing where political leadership is trying to create a better working environment for their police," the advocate observes. "I've not seen a change in the media's depiction of law enforcement uses of force."
That means Americans are having to fend for themselves.
"We're seeing people more actively preparing to defend themselves and their homes. We're seeing a much larger degree of gun sales," Sutton notes.