A 48-year-old male retired New York City police sergeant killed himself yesterday “adding to the growing number of police officers protecting the country’s biggest city who have committed suicide this year” reported Fox News.
The officer’s identity has not been publicly released, but he shot himself in the head while in his parked car in a parking lot on Staten Island. Commissioner James O’Neill says there is a “mental-health crisis” amongst officers, as yesterday’s suicide was the 10th suicide of NYPD officers.
President of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York, Patrick Lynch, has urged his officers to seek help and called on politicians “to back the city’s officers, stop demonizing them and do more than what he described as ‘a few tweets and menta health awareness posters.”
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