Atlanta Police Seem To Have Come Down With The Blue Flu
Atlanta cops seem to be quietly protesting over the court's decision to charge Officer Rolfe with murder. Rolfe is the officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in Wendy's parking after Brooks resisted arrest and stole an officer's taser. The public sentiment seems to be against the police on this one and it looks like many police officers are fed up.
"The Atlanta police department on Thursday said it is able to respond to 911 calls for those in need.
The social media announcement came hours after the department said many officers failed to show up for work.
A “higher than usual” number of Atlanta police officers didn’t go to work Wednesday night, hours after the Fulton County District Attorney announced criminal charges for two accused in the death of Rayshard Brooks.
“The department is experiencing a higher than the usual number of call-outs with the incoming shift,” Atlanta police posted on social media. “We have enough resources to maintain operations and remain able to respond to incidents.”
Vince Champion, Southeast regional director for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, told the AJC he could not confirm which police zones were affected.
“There are officers walking off," Champion said Wednesday evening. "There are officers saying they are not going to leave the precinct unless to help another officer. Some are walking off and sitting in their personal vehicles."