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NYPD retirement filings surged 49 percent amid protests

Protests erupted in New York and other areas around the country following the death of George Floyd.

Updated: June 28, 2020 - 12:19pm

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The New York City Police Department has experienced a significant surge in the number of officers looking to retire following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minnesota that sparked national protests and calls for police reform.

The NYPD told Fox News that 272 of New York's finest have filed for retirement during the period between Floyd's death and June 23, a number that the outlet said represents a 49 percent jump compared to the same timeframe in 2019.  

While retirements so far this year have been about the same — 135 in 2020 compared to 131 over the same timespan in 2019 — the department indicated to Fox that the recent cluster of retirement filings still awaits processing.

Hundreds of New York officers have been injured amid protests that erupted following Floyd's death in Minnesota.