Atlanta’s Police May Be Defunding Themselves

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.”

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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.”

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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.

That is all.

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15 thoughts on “Atlanta’s Police May Be Defunding Themselves

  1. rooster8894 - June 18, 2020

    How did the police officer know it was a taser being pointed at him? If it had been a gun, he could have been the dead one.

    1. David Blackmon - June 18, 2020

      It was his taser, and he had his own gun in his own hand. He knew the guy had taken his taser because he tried to take it back from him before he ran.

      Plus, the taser – as you can clearly see in the videos of the incident – has a bright yellow light that automatically comes on when it is removed from its holster. I’m not aware of any guns that have a similar feature.

      1. Jimmy MacAfee - June 18, 2020

        Dave, I’m sick of people defending bad cops, because the bad cops make good cops look bad, too.

        I hear outrageous comments in many places stretching themselves beyond comprehension to defend the indefensible. You said as much on the back-shooter and those defending him.

        People who look at the shiny object when told to are simpletons; easier to divide and conquer us that way. But who pays the price for this current case? Good cops. People we desperately need.

        1. David Blackmon - June 18, 2020

          Exactly.

      2. d blagoue - June 18, 2020

        It was not the shooting officer’s taser, it was the other officer’s taser!

        1. David Blackmon - June 18, 2020

          Ok. Now do the big yellow light.

      3. Jack Gruenstein - June 18, 2020

        “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.”

        I read your column most days and generally agree with your viewpoint and that of those who comment. Today, however, I do not. The above quote from your article assumes the officer is guilty. In doing so, other facts are either ignored or glossed over. As I have read in other articles on this incident, a police officer has the right to shoot to a fleeing felon in order to apprehend him. Under Georgia law, Brooks, who had just committed two felony aggravated assaults on two police officers who tried to arrest him, was a fleeing felon. Under Georgia law, according to the DA in an earlier case, a taser is considered a deadly weapon. So, Brooks was a fleeing felon in possesion of a deadly weapon. Under Georgia law, Brooks had forcibly taken the taser from the other officer, thereby committing the crime of felony robbery. Just prior to the fatal shots, Brooks had turned and discharged the taser at the pursing officer. Thus, Brooks was a fleeing felon who presented a danger to the officer and to any civilians he might encounter in his flight. The officer had to make a decision to shoot in just under two seconds (according to a lengthy analysis I read a few days ago). With all of these countervailing facts, why conclude that the officer is guilty. Why not wait for a jury to decide?

        1. The Texas Hammer - June 18, 2020

          He shot him three times in the BACK.

          If it walks like a duck…it’s a f’g duck!

  2. Jimmy MacAfee - June 18, 2020

    Maybe the officer was “overcharged?” Maybe. Maybe not.

    Are the police right to walk off the job? Maybe. Maybe not.

    But the union should be dismantled, because municipal labor unions are responsible for letting the killers of Eric Garner to go free, albeit indirectly (apparent fraud in the prosecution) and allow bad cops to stay employed. Municipal unions are also responsible for the complete failures of school systems in most Democrat cities. (School unions should be forbidden outright, because they keep bad teachers employed, and they keep children “ignant.”)

    Same with federal employee unions. This is one of the reasons it’s so hard to kill the Deep State. Hard to fire federal employees for any reason. You work at the Pentagon, pulling porn for 7 hours, and do 1 hour of work? Hard to fire. (Little double entendre there)

    I have a close relative who worked in a union plant (even in a right-to-work state.) The union failed to keep from losing wages, and the workers were repeatedly screwed. But when someone showed up drunk and was fired? The union proudly got him his job back! When someone slept through the entire shift, and did so repeatedly? Fired, but the union got his job back! When someone laid out, and laid out, and laid out? Somehow, the union kept him employed. Everyone else had to carry their load, making the workplace less efficient, more dangerous and making everyone else take up the slack for the employees the union covered.

    But wages? Nope, They didn’t do squat. Benefits? Shrank.

    Police unions could be useful, if they didn’t keep bad cops on the street. But like the union plant, they seem to be working for the wrong side. Same with “teachers'” unions.

    1. brian - June 18, 2020

      Typical to human nature. Unions were at one time, I would argue, a necessity to offset the abusive that many large companies would exert over their employees. But like every institution the power gained only leads to more corruption. Unions have now become exactly like the abusive employers they were originally fighting against.

      I’ve worked at jobs with and without unions, even was a shop steward in a saw mill. Knowing and seeing what I have I am in no way a union slave. Those who fully advocate for unions… are slaves and most are typical marxist zombies that are lazy and don’t give a rats hiney about the quality of work they do. These are the types of people unions produce and yes unions protect the losers more than those that take pride in their employment and work ethic.

  3. Gregg - June 18, 2020

    When the president said he would intervene with the military to stop all this rioting and destruction he was mercilessly trashed by the mayors and the media, so, being strategic, he (I believe probably and instinctively) said, ok, all you Democrat leaders, fix it yourself.

    The same thing happened when he said he would be in control of the CV-19 reopening of the country and got severe pushback, so again, he left it up to the states and mayors under the concept of federalism, to reopen the economy in their states and cities.

    The result of all that pushback where anything Trump says or does, is the most evil thing ever; he is letting them stew in their own juices. They have unwittingly inoculated him from criticism and put the onus all on their heads. They have, and Trump has brilliantly allowed, painted themselves into a corner for all to see. Trump now has an unlimited supply of free campaign commercials to use against every Democrat. This is all on them as there are no, not one, Republican fingerprint(s) on any of this.

    And apart from MI, WI, and PA, (Walking Eagle’s “Blue Wall”) he doesn’t need any of the states where most of this violence is going on. Georgia routinely overcomes Atlanta’s Dem vote, as can PA with Philadelphia, MI with Detroit, WI with Milwaukee and Madison.

    The question is: Can VA overcome NORVA, and Richmond; IL, overcome Chicago; CO, overcome Denver etc.?

    The difference between the collective Dem leadership and Trump cannot be more stark. And the Dems through their extreme and incurable TDS have done all this to themselves.

    Sweet.

    1. Silas - June 18, 2020

      I would add that as the “protests” continue, you will see fatigue on the part of the general public.
      They’re going on over three weeks now and starting to become humdrum save for the occasional shooting or flare up within their own enclaves.

      Just like the occupy movement, it will eventually burn out even with a certain criminal Hungarian and others feeding it money.

      Then the Dem mayors and governors will have to clean up the mess in their nests.

      1. Jimmy MacAfee - June 18, 2020

        Even a circus can get tiresome, and stay in town too long.

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