Atlanta cops walk out: ‘Let the county burn’
Police officers in Atlanta have stopped responding to calls in some areas, while other officers have called in sick, says one knowledgeable trade magazine.
“Atlanta PD is telling everyone not to believe reports that cops are walking off the job. But now union heads are speaking out … saying it’s absolutely true,” reports Law Enforcement Today.
The “blue flu,” as it’s known, started after the Fulton County district attorney called a press conference to announce murder charges against one officer, and related charges against another officer, even though the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) is still in the process of investigating the Rayshard Brooks shooting.
The murder charge can result in the death penalty.
Brooks was shot after resisting arrest during a DUI stop. Video of the shooting shows Brooks firing a taser at the cops, which he wrestled from an officer, and one officer returning fire with his service weapon, says the GBI. Brooks was shot twice in the back.
Unlike the George Floyd arrest, police rank and file feel that the hostility towards them in Brooks’ death is unwarranted.
“Atlanta police officers are refusing to answer the radio and walking off of the job,” said one email from a cop according to the Steve Deace radio show. “The county can go screw themselves. If you want a society without police we’ll give you one. Let it burn!”
The GBI issued a statement on Facebook after the DA’s press conference saying that it was not consulted about the press conference and that it had not finished its investigation into the shooting.
“The GBI was not aware of today’s press conference before it was conducted. We were not consulted on the charges filed by the District Attorney. Despite today’s occurrence, the GBI will complete its mission of completing an impartial and thorough investigation of this incident and we will submit the file, once completed, to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office,” said the GBI’s post.
Law Enforcement Today reports the police scanner radios have gone dead, with police traffic absent for 20-40 minutes at a time as the walkout continues.
According to Law Enforcement Today, union officials have verified that neighboring counties have refused to send officers into Atlanta to help with the crisis, for fear that the officers will be “put at risk of being fired or arrested.”
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