Hours after prosecutors in Atlanta announced felony murder and ten additional charges against fired officer Garrett Rolfe, one of which could lead to the death penalty, multiple sources are confirming that numerous Atlanta Police officers have either walked off the job this evening or not reported to work this evening.
Rolfe was involved in an officer-involved shooting on the evening of June 12, 2020. Rolfe was called to a Wendy’s after police received a complaint about a man asleep in a car blocking a fast-food drive-through lane. The man, Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, reportedly measured a blood alcohol reading at 35% above the legal limit.
Videos show Brooks resisting the officers and in the scuffle he managed to steal a taser as he wrestled on the ground with two police officers. During a foot chase, Brooks fired the taser at one of the officers, who then shot at Brooks three times, reportedly striking him twice in the back; the third bullet is reported to have stuck a fully occupied vehicle. The killing has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.
Video of the incident was widely broadcast and viewed on the internet. Atlanta Chief of Police Erika Shields resigned the next day, saying she wanted to help rebuild trust in the community. Protesters later burned down the restaurant outside which the shooting had taken place. On June 15, 2020, it was agreed that the Atlanta Police Department would undergo a major overhaul.
Though the Atlanta Police Department published a tweet shortly after 8:30 p.m. stating, “Earlier suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate. The department is experiencing a higher than usual number of call outs with the incoming shift. We have enough resources to maintain operations and remain able to respond to incidents,” multiple reports seem to fly in the face of these statements, as sources have confirmed that in zones three and six (southeast area) 20 – 30 cops walked out two hours ago — roughly half the entire shift.
Radio traffic in zone six is completely silent.
Just got this email from an Atlanta police officer:
“Atlanta police officers are refusing to answer the radio and walking off of the job. The county can go screw themselves. If you want a society without police we’ll give you one. Let it burn!”
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) June 17, 2020
From Twitter info it appears that Atlanta PD walkout is real, the Chief is seeking help from surrounding jurisdictions –and the officers in those jurisdictions are declining except in “officer needs assistance” situations. They tried to bring night shift in early, all declined.
— shipwreckedcrew (@shipwreckedcrew) June 18, 2020
This is a developing story and additional details will be added as they become available.
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