A Chicago police officer took his own life inside a CPD facility on the West Side Tuesday, sources tell WGN.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said Deputy Chief Dion Boyd, a 30-year veteran of the department and member of his command staff, died by suicide.
“We are shocked, saddened with the loss, and it’s deeply felt by me and the many colleagues and friends with whom Deputy Chief Dion Boyd worked and mentored throughout his career,” Brown said.
Emergency officials reported to CPD’s Homan Square facility on the 1110 block of South Homan around 9 a.m Tuesday. Two sources told WGN News Boyd worked Monday night and died by suicide sometime afterwards. His body was found the following morning.
A procession of police officers and other first responders escorted Boyd’s body to the medical examiner’s office around noon.
“The job of a Chicago police officer is not easy, particularly in a time when there is intensified stress,” Brown said. “Life can seem insurmountable at times for anyone, but for police officers the stakes are even higher due to the tireless work they do to safeguard others.”
According to a Fox News report morale among police officers is plummeting as protests, calls for defunding persist.
According to interviews of police and police officials there’s been a turbulent daily climate – sparked by a series of police-involved deaths in recent months – comes as cops on duty are also trying to protect themselves from the coronavirus, which is the leading cause of death amongst law enforcement this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
“We are seeing the stress levels of law enforcement going through the roof,” said Randy Sutton, a former Las Vegas police lieutenant who now leads The Wounded Blue, an organization that helps injured and disabled officers. “There has never been an atmosphere of hate, distrust, having their own political leadership turn against them, the calls for defunding, the calls for dismantling — they are feeling more under siege now than I think any time in history.”
The tragic incident of a cop killing himself in Chicago is a sobering reminder that law enforcement’s lives matter.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit them online.