As crime explodes, Atlanta mayor ignores pro-criminal policies and blames “early opening” of the city

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The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

ATLANTA, GA- The inept, clown mayor of Atlanta, Georgia accepts responsibility for nothing.

As crime explodes in Atlanta like it has in countless Democrat-run cities across America, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is making the absurd claim that it has nothing to do with her feckless policies.

Rather, she’s (of course) trying to lay blame on—wait for it—Republicans.

On MSNBC Live on Friday, bottoms tried to explain the reason for the increase in homicides in Georgia’s capital city. She claims it’s because Georgia “opened up before the rest of the country, even before the CDC said that it was safe for us to open.”

She then claimed:

“We had people traveling her from across the country to party in our city.”

These are of course ridiculous, which is probably why this amateur has decided not to run for reelection. 

Bottoms’ own policies are squarely to blame for the city’s crime issue, along with the former Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, another left-wing, pro-criminal hack put in place largely on the money of leftist billionaire George Soros.

Bottoms did acknowledge a crime spike in cities across the country and tried to lay the blame on the usual Democratic boogeyman, easy access to guns. She also blamed school closures due to the coronavirus and mental health issues for the spike in crime.

On MSNBC, host Stephanie Ruhle asked Bottoms about the increase in killings in Atlanta compared to before the pandemic.

“I think there are a couple of things that you have to compare. Remember, in Georgia, we were opened up before the rest of the country [which is a lie], even before the CDC said that it was safe for us to open. So, our nightclubs and our bars remained open,” she said.

“We had people traveling here from across the country to party in our city. So, we believe our comparable numbers are from 2019, which they are still up. But again, this is an issue that’s happening in cities across the country.”

Bottoms also made the claim that the pandemic has contributed to the surge in crime and noted that police departments across the country are having issues in retaining and attracting officers. Bottoms did not address why that is happening, which is of course due to the anti-police sentiment coming from Democrats across the country.

For example in Atlanta, Bottoms fired an officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a criminal who stole the officer’s Taser and then turned to shoot the officer with it. The officer killed Brooks, which led to (of course) riots in the city.

Garrett Rolfe, the officer who shot Brooks was fired and was also indicted by Howard. The second officer who was at the scene, Devin Brosnan was also charged in the case.

Rolfe recently got his job back, although the criminal charges are still pending. He was reinstated by the Atlanta Civil Service Board, ruling his rights were violated because he wasn’t given ten days’ notice prior to being fired, nor had he been given an explanation why his firing qualified as an “emergency action.”

Moreover, he was not given an opportunity to respond to allegations against him, nor had there been a proper investigation prior to his termination.

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Rolfe’s firing and subsequent arrest resulted in Atlanta officers calling out in record numbers and in some cases refusing to respond to calls. So if Atlanta is having a problem “recruiting and retaining” officers, that is laid at the feed of Bottoms.

As far as Bottoms’ contention that Georgia was the “first to open up” before the rest of the country relative to COVID-19, there were seven states that never closed in the first place.

In addition, Georgia opened up before the Floyd death, which is the incident that has spurred the violence as well as the soft-on-crime approach from Democrats. The fact Georgia as the first state to “reopen” as an excuse for Atlanta’s crime problem is lunacy.

Bottoms has other problems to deal with as well. The New York Post reports that one of Atlanta’s more exclusive neighborhoods, Buckhead is looking to separate from the city of Atlanta and create its own police force in response to the rash of violent crimes plaguing that neighborhood and the inability of the city to address it.

Last week, Bill White, chairman and CEO of the Buckhead City Committee told Fox News that the decision was made to split from the city as crime has exploded while police are being underfunded.

 

“We filed our divorce papers at the city of Atlanta—and our divorce is final,” White told host Bill Hemmer. “We have two bills in the Georgia legislature dropping in January to decide this referendum ballot.”

White estimates about 80 percent of his community will vote to dissolve the neighborhood from the city.

White said the new community, to be called Buckhead City will have its own law enforcement system.

“We’ll have our own court. We’ll have our own judge. We’ll have our own jail,” White said. “And we are going to put the smackdown on this crime once and for all here, because the people of Buckhead have had enough.”

He lay direct blame for the crime spike on Bottoms, blaming her “woke” policies, saying they have emboldened criminals and also let the police force down.

“They feel demoralized, underpaid, under-recognized. They are being told basically not to fight crime in the way they would like to,” he said of Atlanta police officers.

The straw that broke the camel’s back for many was the shooting of a 41-year-old man in broad daylight as he went for his daily run.

 

Andrew Worell, a married father of three, was running on June 5 when a suspect identified as 22-year-old Gaelen Newsom pulled up and shot him in the back. Worell survived and is recovering from his wounds. Newsom also shot at two other people; however they were not injured, police said.

 

After all of that, Newsom deliberately crashed his car into a man who was taking out the garbage, Fox News said, causing serious injuries. Newsom was charged with one count of attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of possession of a firearm.

The Post reports that as of May 29, murders in Atlanta were up 63 percent year to date compared with 2020, with 57 reported thus far this year, according to police statistics cited by Fox News. In addition, shootings are also up 45 percent, from 208 in 2020 to 302 this year, year to date.

In Buckhead, murders year-to-date are up 40 percent as of May 29, with seven this year and five in 2020.

And since Bottoms think statistics for 2021 should be compared to 2019, pre-pandemic, Buckhead murders this year are up 133 percent from the same time period in 2019.

“A new Buckhead City will do a much better job and will work very well with Atlanta. We’re going to help Atlanta. We’re going to be two strong cities, prosperous and safe, we pray,” White said.

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