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Atlanta Police radio reveals long periods of silence and calls left unanswered:
“Despite assurances from department, Atlanta Police radio reveals long bouts of silence…”
The Mayor and the DA have denied due process to Atlanta Police officers and taken the side of Rayshard Brooks, a criminal with a track record of violence and likely a gang member. The Mayor’s nephew, Darius Bottoms, was killed by gang members who allegedly thought that he was a gang member. It was ruled a case of “mistaken identity”, but was it? Or is she protecting gang members because her nephew was one? It’s the only logical explanation. You can’t blame the police for calling in sick, but, of course, it gives the gangs exactly what they want – free rein. She’s already given illegal residents free rein, some of whom are gang members, by banning ICE.
“Atlanta Police Hold Sick-Out to Protest Officer’s Murder Charge
By VOA News
June 18, 2020 09:13 PM
Atlanta police officers called out sick or refused to answer calls Thursday to protest murder charges against a white officer in last Friday’s deadly shooting of an African American man in a fast-food restaurant’s parking lot.
It is unclear how many officers declined to report for work Wednesday night and Thursday, but Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms assured city residents that they have nothing to fear.
“We do have enough officers to cover us through the night. Our streets won’t be any less safe because of the number of officers who called out,” she told CNN.
The district attorney’s office brought murder and other charges against Officer Garrett Rolfe on Wednesday. He had already been fired. Rolfe is accused of murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old African American man.
A second officer, Devin Brosnan, has been charged with aggravated assault. Currently on administrative leave, he has offered to become a state’s witness.
Both officers turned themselves in Thursday. Jail records show Brosnan was released on a $30,000 signature bond, meaning he has to pay only if he fails to show up for court, according to The Associated Press. Rolfe was jailed without bail…
Interim Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant told The Associated Press officers were upset that Rolfe was facing a murder charge.
“Some are angry. Some are fearful. Some are confused on what we do in this space. Some may feel abandoned,” Bryant said. “But we are there to assure them that we will continue to move forward and get through this.”
Some activists say that Brooks was no threat to two armed officers and that what happened was yet another example of white police brutality against a black man.
But some law enforcement experts who saw the police video of the Brooks shooting said Rolfe might have felt his life was in danger.
Rolfe’s attorneys released a statement Thursday saying that when Brooks fired a Taser at Rolfe, the officer heard what sounded like a gunshot, saw a flash in front of him and did what any officer would do.
“That Officer Rolfe was justified is clear under Georgia law. A police officer may use deadly force to apprehend a suspected felon when the officer reasonably believes that the suspect possesses a deadly weapon. … When Mr. Brooks chose to attack two officers, to disarm one of them, and to point and fire a deadly weapon at Officer Rolfe, he took their lives, and his own, into his hands. He took the risk that their justified response might be a deadly one,” the statement said.”” https://www.voanews.com/usa/race-america/atlanta-police-hold-sick-out-protest-officers-murder-charge
Atlanta appears to be overrun with gangs. Brooks was a criminal with a track-record of violence, and a probable gang member. We need to know if Officer Rolfe’s computer search warned him or not, and did they request backup or not. If they requested backup, then why didn’t it arrive in time? Why did they have an Officer Brosnan, who appears a Gomer Pyle-like character, working these streets – especially alone?