Did Atlanta Police Walk Off the Job in Protest?

 In Politics

After the death of Rayshard Brooks, murder charges were leveled against Officer Garrett Rolfe, 27, before the Georgia Bureau of Investigation completed their investigation. Rumors of Atlanta Police officers failing to answer calls, and some walking out were rampant  as of Wednesday night. The Atlanta Police Department tamped down that narrative and said it wasn’t true…but others said something seemed amiss. (Fox5)

Those listening to the police radio traffic noted that there were extremely long periods of radio silence in at several of the zones.

The head of the Police Union gave this statement:

“The DA’s office is going after us and we are not going to stand for it anymore, so officers just left – and I think that speaks more to it than if it were an organized thing. This wasn’t organized. This didn’t start happening until after the press conference when these officers saw what was happening to one of their own…

I’ve never seen anything this scary. The problem is what law enforcement is being told in the city of Atlanta right now is that even when you do your job as hard as it is, if they don’t like the way it looks they’ll fire you and attempt to put you in jail.  The felony murder that they want to charge this officer with is imprisonment without the chance of parole, so you’re in prison for the rest of your life.” Vince Champion, International Brotherhood of Police Officers.

The murder charge against Rolfe actually can end up as the death penalty. (Fox) The GBI posted on Facebook:

“The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Atlanta Police Department on Friday night, June 12th, to investigate an officer involved shooting at the Wendy’s Restaurant on University Avenue. We are in the process of conducting this investigation. Although we have made significant progress in the case, we have not completed our work.

Our goal in every officer involved shooting case we are requested to review, is to complete a thorough, impartial investigation before we submit the file to the respective District Attorney’s Office.

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.”

 

Not only did DA Howard level the charges before the  investigation was complete, it appears he lied about some aspects of the case. He claimed that Devin Brosnan, the other officer, was turning state’s evidence and testifying against Rolfe. But Brosnan’s attorney denied the allegation.

DA Howard claimed that Rayshard Brooks “never displayed any aggression.” But the struggle that ended with Brooks grabbing an officer’s taser and firing it belies that narrative. When Brooks ran with the taser he took from police, he was shot in the back, which was the problem that caused the charges.  Rolfe is charged with 11 felonies, including the murder charge. His partner, Devin Brosnan was also charged. Both turned themselves into authorities on Thursday.

Keep in mind that Paul Howard, the DA who brought the charges is himself under criminal investigation for taking $140,000 from his nonprofit to supplement his salary, and sexual harassment. (Fox). He is in a tight runoff election with previous Fulton County employee Fani Willis that is set for August 11. Howard came in second in the primary election with just 35% of the vote. Were some of the charges political?

So…did members of the Atlanta PD walk off the job last night? It appears they did, and it’s all wound up in this political quagmire.  The morale in the Atlanta PD is said to be at an all-time low, which does not bode well for the city.

One Twitter user said it all: “When the government tells you don’t panic…panic.” @sparkydaily

 

Featured photo: Screenshot Via Fox 5. L-Garrett Rolfe, R-Devin Brosnan

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Comments
  • Les Brigance
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    When Police Officers KNOW that They are Criminals Before they even Start their shifts If ANYTHING happens which Requires them to take Action,
    What Else can Anyone Expect?
    Cops are mostly Great People BUT there comes a time
    when they also KNOW that NoBody has Their Backs except their Fellow Officers!

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