Police unions in the US wield significant power and enjoy higher membership rates than many other unions, which have declined in recent years.
For the first time, police unions will need to grapple with a skeptical public that doesn’t automatically support law enforcement.
Answering a question Monday from CNN’s Mark Morales on police unions and reform, New York Gov.
The local union said they quit in solidarity with the two officers, though some officers told local news outlets that the union’s public statements weren’t accurate.
Like other labor unions, police unions will advocate for better benefits and workplace conditions for their members, through collective bargaining.