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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.

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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Sunday News Roundup: Atlanta Riots, Austin De-Funds Police, CDC Pushes Panic Porn

Here we go again. – Riots broke out in Atlanta last night after video emerged of another questionable police killing of a black man. Here is an excerpt from a report at Aljazeera, which sadly is a far more reliable source of actual information these days than most American media outlets:

Atlanta’s Police Department on Sunday released bodycamera and dashboard camera footage of the attempted arrest and fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks outside a Wendy’s in Georgia’s capital on Friday.

Officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan attempted to arrest Brooks after questioning him and getting him to performing inebriation tests.

Footage showed Rolfe attempting to put handcuffs on Brooks before a struggle begins.

Dashcam footage showed the scuffle in more detail, with Brooks, Brosnan and Rolfe all on the floor, before a taser is fired at Rolfe. Three gunshots are then heard while the three are off camera.

Rolfe’s death sparked protests in Atlanta on Saturday night, leading to the Wendy’s where Rolfe was shot being set alight.

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So, in this case, we have a guy who got drunk, passed out in his car while presumably trying to get a burger at the local Wendy’s, and ends up dead when he resists arrest. Knee-jerk defenders of the police are going to yell, “he was resisting arrest!!!!!!”

Yeah, and so what? He was shot in the back while running away from the police officers, drunk out of his mind. Why in the world would a properly trained police officer even pull his gun in that situation, much less pull the trigger? It is absolutely mind-boggling that this specific incident can possibly take place immediately in the wake of three weeks of social unrest over the police murder of George Floyd.

It almost makes you want to think all of this stuff is pre-planned, doesn’t it? But nah, that couldn’t be the case.

Get ready for an entire summer of this stuff, folks, because it’s coming.

Well…’bye. – Atlanta’s police chief resigned in the midst of the rioting, and nobody seems to be interested in talking her out of it:

Atlanta’s police chief resigned and a police officer was terminated after the shooting of a black man, Rayshard Brooks, who later died.

Mr. Brooks, 27 years old, of Atlanta, was shot outside a Wendy’s restaurant Friday night and died soon after. Videos of parts of his struggle with police and its aftermath, widely shared on social media, sparked anger in the city, amid the continuing national outcry over the police killing of George Floyd last month.

“Out of a deep and abiding love for this City and this department, I offered to step aside as police chief,” said Chief Erika Shields, who served in the city’s police department for over two decades, in a statement released Saturday evening. “It is time for the city to move forward and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

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Good move. Given the performance of her officers in this case, you kind of have to wonder what in the hell Ms. Shields has been doing to try to build that trust over her 20 years on the force.

Well Bye GIFs | Tenor

“And you shall reap what you sow.” – It’s always great to see personnel from CNN being assaulted by the rioters they’ve spent the last 3 weeks pretending are “peaceful protesters.” Here’s a nice example from last night in Atlanta:

This bus driver shows us the proper technique for dealing with a street thug:

We need more real men in America just like him.

The Wuhan Virus Panic Porn campaign continues to accelerate. – Hey, remember when the goal of the COVID-19 mitigation efforts was to “flatten the curve” in order to ensure that our hospitals weren’t overrun with patients? Remember when the people at the CDC, Antony Fauci and Deborah Birx assured us that was the case?

Yeah, that’s all gone now, subsumed in the frenzy to prevent President Trump from re-starting his campaign rallies. This morning Trump’s own CDC is quoted by The Hill as saying we might have to shut things down again as “cases” are rising in half a dozen states:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday strict social distancing measures that were put in place in March may have to be implemented again if coronavirus cases in the U.S. rise dramatically, CNBC reports.

“Right now, communities are experiencing different levels of transmission occurring, as they gradually ease up onto the community mitigation efforts and gradually reopen,” Jay Butler, CDC’s deputy director for infectious diseases, told reporters Friday.

“If cases begin to go up again, particularly if they go up dramatically, it’s important to recognize that more mitigation efforts such as what were implemented back in March may be needed again,” Butler said. It’s not clear what is considered a dramatic rise.

Again, we have flattened the curve. We have prevented the hospitals from being overrun with COVID-19 patients, if indeed any such possibility ever actually existed, which is unlikely. Despite the media’s politically-motivated hysteria over what they fraudulently continue to refer to as “cases,” deaths due to the virus continue to drop daily.  The number of hospitalizations are going up in some areas, and that is actually a positive sign that more and more testing is being done and that patients are now able to have elective and non-emergency surgeries performed.

Given that Fauci is even denying that this increase in the number of “cases” doesn’t mean there’s a “second wave” coming, it is obvious we have a big problem at the CDC, at least in terms of messaging if not in terms of mismanagement. If these people can’t get their talking points straight, then they need to be prohibited from speaking to the corrupt news media, which is only interested in whipping up a new public panic about the virus.

Oh, hey, that whole “defund the police” deal is not just a blue state thing. – The city council for the socialist enclave of Austin, Texas did this on Thursday:

“You cannot solve a public safety crisis by creating another,” Corby Jastrow, president of the Greater Austin Crime Commission, told the Austin City Council on Thursday.

After a 12-hour meeting, the city council voted unanimously to partially defund the Austin Police Department.

The council’s decision directs the city manager to halt any new sworn officer staff positions, as well as redirect money from the department’s budget and use it toward other social services. The city manager will bring back proposals to the council over the next few months as they decide specific numbers for next year’s city budget.

As far as how much to cut, some socialist and leftist groups have been petitioning the council to take away at least $100 million—a quarter—from the police department’s budget next year.

Hundreds of citizens, including some members of the Democratic Socialists of America, testified to the council on Thursday in favor of the proposal, while some voiced a public safety concern over the decision to defund.

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That’s right, folks: The vote was unanimous. There is not a single member on Austin’s city council willing to defend the city’s police department. You should expect to see similar votes on similar idiotic actions to come from the Texas cities of San Antonio, Dallas and maybe even Houston soon.

Make no mistake about it: There will be massive flight of actual taxpayers from every city that takes these actions. Decades of gentrification and urban revival efforts will go completely to waste. Tens of thousands of minority-owned businesses will die. These cities will all be looking like re-runs of 1980s Detroit soon.

Thanks, Democrats!

That is all.

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