Atlanta Police Strike Shuts Down Calls in Half the City
There. You wanted to defund the police. Here's Atlanta with the police defunded.
Atlanta police officers are not responding to calls in three of the department's six zones, multiple sources within the Atlanta Police Department said.
Though the department denied that was the case, a police union director backed CNN's sources' accounts and said that, in some instances, officers were refusing to leave their precincts unless a fellow police officer required backup. He expects more officers to miss work Thursday, he said.
The Atlanta force spokesman is denying everything, but Mayor Bottoms is suddenly taking a conciliatory tone.
"There's a lot happening in our cities, and our police officers are receiving the brunt of it, quite frankly," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said.
The city has shown its commitment to the officers through a pay raise, and "we expect that our officers will keep their commitment to our communities," she said.
"We do have enough officers to cover us through the night," she said. "Our streets won't be any less safe because of the number of officers who called out, but it is just my hope again that our officers will remember the commitment that they made when they held up their hand and they were sworn in as police officers."
Commitments work both ways. It's not just about paying cops to be scapegoats.
When Democrat and Republican politicians sell out the police and climb on board the Black Lives Matter bandwagon, there will be a price to pay. Meanwhile, good luck dealing with this guy.
Three deadly shootings this month that appeared to target Atlanta's homeless may be linked, according to the city's mayor.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms made the comments during a press conference announcing police reforms after the death of Rayshard Brooks.
All the victims were homeless, the mayor said. Bottoms was only able to give a vague description stemming from Monday morning's shooting. She said police are searching for a black male, between 5-'10" and 6' tall, weighing between 170 and 200 pounds, wearing a dark ball cap, a long-sleeve white T-shirt, dark jeans, and had a drawstring-type backpack.
"We know that the first two incidents have been linked and we suspect the third is also related and we are continuing to gather information," the mayor said.
Send in the social workers.