“We are Mentally Beaten Down”

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The head of the Dallas Police Association told CBS 11 News that longer 911 response times can be blamed in part by officers being mentally beaten down.

“The bottom line is response times are up, violent crime is up, and officers are fed up,” said Ron Pinkston, president of the Dallas Police Association.

Many of the 3,000 officers he represents are moving slower because of concerns over safety and fears about violating department policies, Pinkston said.

“The motivation is a little lacking,” he said. “I think it’s just the fear of doing the right thing and that they are going to get disciplined for doing that.”

Pinkston said officers are too often being reprimanded for the way they drive during high speed chases or for the difficult decisions they have to make when using deadly force.

“The only way we are going to get this response times to turn around is get a different management style or get a different manager,” Pinkston said.

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