Report: Armed individuals won’t allow police into area where Rayshard Brooks died – ‘The police aren’t allowed here.”


Atlanta, Georgia – The aftermath of the death of Rayshard Brooks is manifesting into more anti-police sentiments. Or, rather, the narrative surrounding Brooks’ death is creating copious amounts of distrust between the populace and police.

The fallout of the intense media scrutiny in Brooks’ death has now resulted in armed individuals posting themselves in the area of where Brooks died, noting that police are no longer welcome.

In an interview with a Fox News correspondent, a young man with a shotgun posted up in the area where Brooks died noted that police are no longer welcome in the area, as they feel police are no longer there to help the community:

“The police aren’t allowed here – cause they’re not here to protect us…they’re not here to serve and protect anymore.”

When the young man was asked about whether the officer implicated in Brooks’ death should receive due process, he did agree – but noted that justice should be served.

In all fairness, the young man armed with the shotgun was actually very courteous during the conversation and willing to discuss ideas.

The notion of whether or not a taser is a deadly weapon was brought up, seeing that it’s a pivotal aspect of Brooks’ death and also relevant to the infamous “Atlanta 6” case from weeks earlier.

The trio of interviewees present during the interview all concurred that tasers should not be considered a deadly weapon.

The entire case of Brooks creates so many conundrums around the taser debacle – Georgia law says it’s a deadly weapon and was cited during the “Atlanta 6” criminal proceedings. But it is seemingly being ignored by the same DA in Brooks’ death.

Still, regarding the lack of a police presence near the Wendy’s in Atlanta, the APD stated the following on the matter:

“APD is monitoring the situation and plans to coordinate with community leaders and the Wendy’s property owner to address security issues and help preserve peace for this community as soon as possible”

Yet, how can the APD genuinely monitor the “situation” when police in Atlanta are calling out of work left and right – and likely in a coordinated fashion. It’s a term coined as the “blue flu”, and it has been sweeping across police departments all over the country.

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In the wake of two white Atlanta police officers being charged and investigated for alleged unjustified use of deadly force on a black man, the Atlanta Police Department has seen a higher than average number of officers call in sick. 

These call-outs, or the “Blue Flu” as some are calling it, has caused the interim Atlanta Police Chief to hold a press conference addressing the concerns.

The Brooks shooting prompted the sudden resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. Interim Chief Rodney Bryant quickly stepped in and has claimed that, “so far the call outs have not put the city at risk.”

The alleged blue flu began Wednesday, immediately after the District Attorney (DA), Paul Howard brought charges against the two officers involved in the June 12th shooting of Rayshard Brooks.

Former officer Rolfe, who fired at Brooks, could see life in prison or the death penalty if he is convicted of the felony-murder charge. 

Former officer Brosnan also faces charges, but is out of jail on bail and is fully cooperating with the DA’s office. 

Now, many Atlanta Police Officers are taking a stand and protesting by not showing up for work. 

Of this, Interim Chief Bryant said:

“Some are angry. Some are fearful. Some are confused on what we do in this pace. Some may feel abandoned.”

Atlanta officers are “walking off their shifts or not responding to calls because they feel abandoned, betrayed, and used in a political game,” Vince Champion, the southeast regional director for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers explained in a recent statement. 

Champion also said that he’s heard from several officers:

“They fear using force to protect themselves will get them fired or arrested.” 

And who could blame them.

Steve Gaynor, secretary of the Georgia State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police said in a statement to Fox News:

“It is totally understandable that a higher than usual number of Atlanta officers called out of work after the local district attorney announced Wednesday that a felony-murder charge would be filed in the death of Rayshard Brooks.

“They risk their lives every day and come to work especially during these trying times. They have been working in the riots and the protests and working 12-and 16-hour days and then one of their officers does everything that we can see conceivably correct by policies, procedures, and by the law, and his command staff and mayor do not stand behind him.”

The Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms took issue with the officer’s actions saying that she “firmly believes” there is a distinction between what you can do and what you should do, and that she doesn’t believe that the shooting was a justified use of deadly force.

As if we needed another example of her not backing her officers, here she is once again convicting a police officer before any type of investigation has been allowed to take place.

Mayor Bottoms also called for the termination of the officer seen shooting Brooks about 45 seconds after it happened.

In response to the officers calling out, Mayor Bottoms told CNN:

“If we have officers that don’t want bad officers weeded out of the force then that’s another conversation we need to have.”

A regional spokesperson for the Atlanta police officer’s union told the New York Times that the union did not orchestrate the protest. 

The spokesperson said:

“As a union, we do not support or start the ‘blue flu.’”

Will the blue flu be the next pandemic this country sees? 

The deadly shooting of Brooks comes during a time when Americans across the country are protesting against racial discrimination and police brutality. 

Mayor Bottoms claims that she believes that her officers will come through during this difficult time:

“There’s a lot happening in our cities and our police officers are receiving the brunt of it, quite frankly…but the city has shown its commitment to the officers through a pay raise and we expect that our officers will keep their commitment to our communities.”  

The Atlanta Police Department also sent out a message via twitter that claims the reports that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job are inaccurate.

Some refute that the mayor is saying that to prevent mass chaos from taking place in the city with criminals knowing full well there are no police officers to protect and serve.

Be careful what you wish for.

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