Will Atlanta find out what “Defund the Police” really looks like the hard way? – After the clearly politically-motivated Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, heinously over-charged police officer Garrett Rolfe in the killing of Rayshard Brooks Wednesday afternoon, dozens, perhaps hundreds of Atlanta police officers either called in sick or walked off the job in protest.
Although the police headquarters denied the reports in an obvious effort to try to maintain order, the Atlanta Police Officers Union confirmed that officers in at least two of the city’s 7 police zones did indeed stage a walk-out:
The head of Atlanta’s police union confirmed Wednesday that officers from the Atlanta Police Department in Zones 3 and 6 walked off the job Wednesday afternoon.
Vince Champion, southeast regional director of the International Brotherhood of Police officers, said that police officers had stopped answering calls midshift, in response to charges against Officer Garrett Rolfe who is accused of murdering Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.
“The union, we would never advocate this. We wouldn’t advocate a blue flu,” Champion said. “We don’t know the numbers. Apparently we’re learning that command staff are asking outlying counties for support and aren’t getting it.”
Should this police walkout continue and even expand, the people in Atlanta are about to be exposed to the chaos and brutality that would come from a real effort by craven Democrat political hacks to follow through on their sloganeering of “defund the police.”
” ” In a softball interview with CNN earlier in the day, Atlanta’s Democrat mayor (the city has had nothing but Democrat mayors for 141 years now) Keisha Lance Bottoms noted that the morale of her police department in the wake of recent anti-police protests is not exactly high:
In an interview with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Wednesday, the mayor said that police morale around the country is down.
“… and I think ours is down ten-fold,” Mayor Bottoms said. “This has been a very tough few weeks in Atlanta and with the tragedy of Mr. Brooks, and then on top of that the excessive force charges that were brought against the officers involved with the college students, there’s a lot happening in our city, and the police officers are receiving the brunt of it quite frankly.”
Oh. You don’t say. Wonder why that would be the case?
Later in the evening, after the police walkout had become apparent, Mayor Bottoms – who is rumored to be on the short list to become Joe Biden’s running mate – said this:
“There’s a lot happening in our cities and our police officers are receiving the brunt of it, quite frankly,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. She said the city has committed to the officers through a big pay raise, and “we expect that our officers will keep their commitment to our communities.”
Ok, so, after a near-month of bashing the police and failing to live up to her commitment to support them, Mayor Bottoms suddenly calls on them to honor their own commitment. As always, leftist Democrats want to have everything both ways. Frankly, it seems amazing that police all over the country haven’t walked out on their jobs after all the crap the Democrat Party and BLM have slung their way in the past several weeks.
I said it Tuesday and I’ll say it again today: Rayshard Brooks should not have died after getting drunk and falling asleep in his car. He was shot 3 times in the back. Regardless of his having waved a taser at the officer as he ran away, he should hot have been shot 3 times in the damn back. America no longer lives in an episode of Kojak – this simply cannot be standard police procedure in today’s United States.
But Rolfe was charged yesterday with felony murder, a charge that claims the act was committed intentionally and with forethought. While this was anything but a righteous killing, there is no question whatsoever that it was a spur-of-the-moment decision made in the heat of a violent situation, a situation that became violent only due to the actions of Mr. Brooks. A charge of manslaughter would have been far more appropriate and more likely to be successful in front of an impartial jury.
Of course, after DA Howard basically did his best to inflame emotions throughout the community by very misleadingly trying his case in Wednesday’s press conference, where will the state be able to find an impartial jury for former officer Rolfe? Certainly not anywhere within the confines of Fulton County
Interestingly, DA Howard is up for re-election this year and in obvious peril given that he only finished second in his recent primary election. That poor showing might be due to the fact that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation launched an inquiry in May into allegations that Howard illegally funneled $140,000 of city funds through a sham non-profit organization to supplement his salary.
In case you were wondering, DA Howard is, like Mayor Bottoms, a Democrat. Because of course he is.
One might hope that the voters of Atlanta might awake this morning to the realization that there are no Republican fingerprints anywhere on their city’s current predicament, and resolve to be more careful about how they cast their votes in future elections. But such hopes would be almost certainly futile.
The voters of Atlanta have a long and sorry history of electing corrupt Democrats, realizing later that they are corrupt, and just electing more corrupt Democrats to succeed them in the next election. It’s a vicious, destructive cycle that won’t likely change anytime soon.