Disrespected Atlanta Police Officers Leave In Droves
Atlanta, Georgia – Atlanta’s deadliest year in decades has its frightened and frustrated citizenry demanding change. Homicides in the city of Atlanta surged 58 percent in 2020. A teen selling bottles of water was killed over $10. A young innocent man was shot at a skate park. On the Fourth of July this last year a young child was senselessly gunned down on the side of the street. Their deaths were among 157 homicides that the Atlanta Police Department investigated in 2020. This was up drastically from the 99 that Atlanta had in 2019 and the most in over two decades.
“It’s ridiculous that now, even in this pandemic, we got more gun violence going on than ever before, “said Columbus Ward, a longtime activist who lives in Atlanta’s People neighborhood. This year’s violence claimed several victims in his community, including Deborah Houston, age 59, shot while outside a convenience store on Atlanta Avenue in October. “It’s really scary because you don’t know who’s going to be killed or who’s going to be shot or where the shots are coming from,” Ward said. “It’s just everywhere.”
I have a personal stake in wanting to control and reign in crime in the Atlanta area. My daughter and husband and their young toddler live in an unsafe area of Atlanta near the Little Five Points area. My wife and I have begged them to move out to the suburbs closer to us where crime is much lower. However they refuse to do so. They say that’s where most of their college friends now live and they prefer the restaurant and social scene there. I am more and more concerned about their safety every day.
Spotlight On The Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Mayor Bottoms is increasingly being criticized by civic leaders and residents alike who are weary and alarmed over the 58% rise in murders in Atlanta.
Atlanta City Council member, Howard Shook, in a stinging rebuke said “Stop minimizing our concerns by telling us that crime is up everywhere. Spare us from the lie that the steady outflow of officers isn’t as bad as it is.” He went on the say “It will take a lot to turn this around. But here in descending order, are the three things that we need to begin: leadership, some leadership, any leadership.”
A Loss Of Confidence
Former Atlanta Police Department Investigator Lakea Gaither said Bottoms has “lost the confidence of the officers.” An 18-year veteran saluted as Officer of The Years in 2013 and Investigator of the year in 2015, Gaither was one of the 37 officers who either retired or resigned in a single month, August of last year.
More than 200 officers quit in 2020. Many left after Erika Shields stepped down as Chief of Police in June. Many feel that she was forced to resign after the incident at a Wendys where Rayshard Brooks was shot after s scuffle with officer Garrett Rolfe. That incident was widely covered on local and national news and fed into the “Defund the Police” progressive left narrative.
Eight months later after Erika Shields’ resignation the city of Atlanta still has no permanent Police Chief. Currently Erika Shield is serving with distinction as the Chief of Police of the Louisville Kentucky Police department where she has earned rave reviews for her competence and leadership.
For more information on the Atlanta crimes situation refer to the AJC Special Report: Crime on January 15th, 2021.
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