At a time when the progressive left is demanding that America’s police force be defunded and disbanded, one city’s officers are showing the nation what it might actually be like with a law enforcement agency that has sworn to serve and protect. And apparently, the city’s leftist leadership doesn’t like it.
If you’ve been anywhere besides under a rock in the last couple weeks, you likely know about the recent death of yet another black man by white police officers. However, unlike the first case, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the one that happened in Atlanta, Georgia, last week was much different.
Yes, a black man was killed. And yes, the officers responding were white. But Rayshard Brooks was fired upon and subsequently died under very different circumstances.
But that’s not what the mob of the left would like you to believe.
Instead, they say this incident was no different, that Brooks, like Floyd, was murdered in cold blood for being nothing but black.
And unfortunately, some are willing to bow to the crowd’s demands.
Enter Fulton County’s District Attorney Paul Howard. Howard held a press conference on Wednesday, announcing the charges that were to brought against the two officers involved in the case.
According to one outlet, “On Wednesday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced that fired Atlanta Police officer Garrett Rolfe would be charged with murder and ten other counts following the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks Friday. Rolfe’s partner, Devin Brosnan, also faces three charges in connection to the shooting.”
However, it was noted that the announcement and charges were made without the investigation being fully completed.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is often called in for cases like this when an officer shooting is involved. And as they reported, they were called to investigate the matter on Friday, June 12. Therefore, they are the agency with primary jurisdiction in this case.
And yet, according to the agency itself and several other sources, the GBI is still “in the process of conducting this investigation. Although we have made significant progress in the case, we have not completed our work.” And therefore, charges have not been figured out, let alone filed.
Therefore, the agency went on to say that the announcement by DA Howard caught them entirely off guard. GBI was neither made aware of the press conference nor “consulted on the charges filed.”
Odd, considering they have commanding jurisdiction, huh?
Odder still, considering the Atlanta Police Department, wasn’t even given a heads up about the press conference or the charges. Interim Police Chief Rodney Bryant stated on Thursday he was not informed about either and was frankly surprised at the hastiness in which it was done.
What this seems to be a want-to-be politician who is playing to the crowd.
And the officers of Atlanta aren’t taking the news well.
In fact, shortly after Howard’s surprise announcement, officers everywhere in the city starting calling in sick.
Now, according to Georgia state law, police officers are not allowed to strike. However, that doesn’t mean that a mass of them can’t suddenly walk-off, claiming to not feel well.
Police Chief Bryant noted that the calls began Wednesday afternoon and continued through Thursday. As Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, “There are officers saying they are not going to leave the precinct unless to help another officer. Some are walking off and sitting in their personal vehicles.”
Vince Champion, who is the southeast regional director for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, says that even back up police and offices from the surrounding areas are refusing to support the APD, according to the AJC.
“Champion said he as been told APD was attempting to get back-up support from adjacent law enforcement agencies. But he said some agencies declined to help.”
Champion told the Associated Press that officers don’t want to work because they feel “abandoned, betrayed, used in a political game. What they realized is that the city, meaning the mayor and the police department, does not support them.” And who in their right mind would want to do a job that no one supports?
As Champion reported, “It’s not clear how many officers have called out, but just one officer showed up for work on Thursday morning in Zone 6, which covers much of Atlanta’s east side and which several dozen are assigned to patrol.”
And that’s in just one zone and one shift. There are six zones in Atlanta.
If the city doesn’t want to act like they need police, let them see what’s like to be without them.