Atlanta mayor and police chief says bystanders recorded fatal shooting for social media instead of calling 911

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ATLANTA, GA – Both the Atlanta Mayor and the police chief are expressing frustrations over a shooting incident that occurred earlier in October over the fact that bystanders opted to film the incident rather than calling 911 immediately.

On the morning of October 20th, Atlanta Police responded to a tense situation in Midtown Atlanta when a shooter caused sections of West Peachtree Street to be shutdown shut down.

When responding to an active shooter situation, officers usually obtain the information they need from dispatchers, but Atlanta’s mayor and police chief claimed the city’s 911 center obtained limited details on the morning of the incident compared to what they found on social media.

They said that too many individuals saw and filmed footage of the event on their phones, and that not enough people dialed 911.

During a press conference, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and APD Chief Rodney Bryant expressed their disappointment that onlookers filmed cell phone footage of the shooting instead of reporting it to law enforcement.

Commenting on the matter, Mayor Bottoms stated:

“Just a reminder to the public to please call 911. We did start receiving phone calls but social media has received more information, quite frankly, than we received at our 911 center. For just to be able to appropriately respond and assess, we ask you to put down your camera…call 911, and then allow us to do what we do.”

Around 4:00 a.m. on the 20th, the shooting occurred in the 1100 block of West Peachtree Street, according to authorities. Chief Bryant said dispatchers could hear gunshots in the building while they were getting information about the event.

During the search for the shooting suspect, police established a large perimeter in the Atlanta neighborhood and blocked several roadways.

After spending several hours at the site of the incident, police were able to get the alleged gunman contained inside a high-rise building on West Peachtree Street.

According to authorities, the shooting suspect and a female victim died, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are taking the lead on the investigation into the incident.

Some of the recordings, according to Chief Bryant, may aid the investigation into the incident. Anyone with information should call the Atlanta Police Department or Crime Stoppers, the chief said.

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Atlanta Mayor Bottoms, who attacked police, to get new 24/7 police protection after her term ends

(Originally published September 24th, 2021)

ATLANTA, GA – According to reports, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will continue to receive her personal police protection for a period of up to six months after she leaves office. The move was reportedly made by the Atlanta City Council.

This effort came to fruition on September 20th, with proponents proclaiming that the new law was inspired by a newfound hazardous climate that modern-day politicians face that purportedly “did not exist a decade ago, or even three years ago,” according to a report from Fox 5 Atlanta.

Sources with reported ties to Mayor Bottoms’ administration proclaim that the public is unaware of the number of threats – some allegedly credible – that she’s faced during her time in office.

However, Councilman Michael Bond claims that the mere existence of threats should not have served as a greenlight for six additional months of round-the-clock police protection:

“If that is the case, then those incidents should be looked at on a case-by-case basis by the chief. The council should not have just approved a flat six months.”

Furthermore, the city council’s actions regarding the matter do more than just behoove Mayor Bottoms – all incoming mayors in the city from here on out will be afforded what has been dubbed as “executive protection” post term.

There doesn’t seem to be any widely publicized reports of actual threats against Mayor Bottoms, in the sense of ones threatening harm against her or a loved one.

The only widely reported incident involving any level of harassment is one from April of 2020 where she was texted by an individual who called her a racial slur and demanded she “re-open Atlanta”.

This comes at a time when Atlanta Police is suffering from a severe officer shortage, 500 officers short of full staffing, thus causing some reasonable controversy. When reached for comment by Fox 5 Atlanta about the matter, Mayor Bottoms reportedly refused to share any.

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Atlanta neighborhood fighting to become its own city because mayor “treats police like villains”, “protects criminals”

(Originally published September 2nd, 2021)

ATLANTA, GA – Bill White, the CEO of the Buckhead City Committee, told SiriusXM’s Breitbart News in late August that his campaign to deannex his upscale suburb from Atlanta’s crime-ridden city is making headway.

White, who recently unveiled the emblem for the prospective Buckhead city on August 27th, told host Matthew Boyle that the idea of cityhood, which has surfaced occasionally as a result of local dissatisfaction over the previous decade, is now more viable than ever:

“When you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, you’ve got to organize.”

“I think sometimes it just takes some people, and we have all these great volunteers, subject matter experts, even people who work for the city of Atlanta who are helping us to set up our city. So we’re not a fly by night, willy-nilly, knee-jerk organization.”

White has been leading Buckhead’s bid for cityhood this year, a community initiative that has evolved into a legitimate endeavor as Atlanta’s violent crime rate continues to climb and state lawmakers and financiers show support for his proposition:

“We’ve set up the charter. We’ve set up the hiring practices. We’ve set up the city ordinances that will clean up Buckhead, just like they did cleaning up New York City, making that, way back, you know, with the great police of New York City, the safest largest city in America.”

White says that from a budget perspective with respect to taxes, Buckhead could easily be self-sufficient and even lower taxes. He also added that their deannexing will put Atlanta in the hotseat where they’ll have to star balancing their own budgets more competently:

“We know we can do it. We know we can even potentially lower our taxes here by continuing to operate Buckhead city as a business like the folks here do every day, and Atlanta’s going to have to do something that they’ve never done in the history of Atlanta — is they’re going to have to operate on a budget, just like you and I do in our homes or our businesses.”

“They’ve been spending like drunken sailors, and you know, that’s an insult to drunken sailors because what we have to do is get control of the purse strings. They’ve been looking at Buckhead as a piggy bank for all these years.”

The high crime rate in Atlanta, as well as what White regards as a “demoralized” police department, are driving forces behind White’s campaign, which he attributes in part to Atlanta Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms:

“We have a mayor who basically treats the police as if they’re villains. So they’re completely demoralized. Arrests are down, and crime is through the roof. On top of which, she has a complete lack of any understanding on how to fight crime.”

Mayor Bottoms, who opposes the deannexation of Buckhead, has previously attributed her city’s increase in violent crime on Republican Governor Brian Kemp’s decision to lift the state’s coronavirus lockdowns sooner than most states in 2020.

The mayor claims that by simply identifying as a city, Buckhead isn’t “building a wall around the city,” and won’t be able to address what she referred to as the “COVID crime wave.”

White, on the other hand, is determined to take matters into his own and his fellow Buckhead residents’ hands regarding the matter:

“We’re fighting back. We’re going to take control back of our city from these crazy policies, and we have a bill in both the House and the Senate of the Georgia legislature, which when it passes, in April, will put cityhood on the ballot for November of 2022. We know Buckhead city is one hundred percent feasible.”

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Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

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