Washington State Patrol (WSP) reported that motorists are no longer stopping for them. Between January 1 and May 17 of this year, the state agency logged 934 failure-to-yield instances, according to Northwest News Network. Longtime officers concurred that the phenomenon is unprecedented and in no small part due to the insane rhetoric from the left.
“The patrol and other police agencies around the state say they’ve never seen such blatant disregard for their lights and sirens,” Northwest News Network said. “The change in driver behavior comes after state lawmakers passed strict new rules on when police can engage in pursuits.”
“Something’s changed. People are not stopping right now,” Sgt. Darren Wright, a WSP spokesperson with three decades of experience, told the outlet. “It’s happening three to five times a shift on some nights and then a couple times a week on day shift.”
“It used to be sort of unusual and notable to see someone flee or to see someone simply choose not to stop on a traffic stop. Now it’s becoming incredibly common,” executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Steve Strachan added.
Many of the officers pointed to Washington’s HB1054 — a piece of legislation enacted last summer that limits police from engaging in vehicular pursuit in many circumstances. The state’s Democratic majority passed the law “in response to the death of George Floyd that marked the beginning of the 2019 riots.
Obviously, the WSP’s experience is not unique as anti-police rhetoric has become more mainstream. It’s easy for people to forget that they became officers to protect and serve their community.
Some 625 officers died in the line of duty in 2021, according to the Officers Down Memorial Page with a large majority dying due to COVID-19 that they contracted while serving their communities. So far this year, there have been at least 110 law officers to die. If they were in any other essential workers field, they would have been praised for their continued service, but the media and politicians have mostly villainized them.