Mayor Bottoms Notes a Morale Issue with the APD Following the Brooks Killing A number of news services have reported that because the APD has been under intense scrutiny after two officers were involved in the
killing of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot this summer, resignations have risen, some members of the force say their
morale has been adversely affected and they feel unsupported by city officials. Brooks was gunned down the night of June 12, 2020 after
failing a sobriety test, fighting with two officers, taking a Taser from one of them and running away. Video from the scene appears to show
Brooks pointing the Taser at an officer before he is shot.
During a virtual news conference with reporters, Mayor Bottoms acknowledged, “We have seen a higher than normal resignation rate in
APD, but I can also tell you Atlanta is not alone…this is a tough time for public safety. I’m not going to sugar coat that. “According to FOX5 Atlanta, 36 officers resigned or retired from APD in August. Rodney Bryant, the interim police chief appointed after chief Erika Shields stepped down in June, said commanders are having on-going conversations with officers to gauge their concerns about policing in Atlanta.”
Following the Brooks killing, Mayor Bottoms signed an administrative order requiring sworn officers to use de-escalation tactics prior to using physical or deadly force and mandating that all future deadly uses of force incidents involving APD be reported to the ACRB.
According to the Atlanta Citizen’s Review Board executive director, Samuel Reid II… We, as an agency, must reach out to you for support, guidance, and accountability. It is vital that we do so all the time. We are, after all, the Atlanta Citizen Review Board. ACRB’s very existence depends upon
having a clear, constant and accurate understanding about your needs, your concerns, your experiences and your observations where police misconduct by local law enforcement is concerned.
Without you, there is no ACRB. Therefore, uniquely, ACRB, a City of Atlanta agency unlike any other, is truly the citizen’s agency. It was you the citizen whose outrage following the killing of 92-year old Kathryn Johnston by corrupt Atlanta police officers ultimately led to our creation thirteen years ago. Most recently, and dramatically, it was you again protesting police misconduct in massive numbers that compelled the powers that be to take
action to make the APD more accountable to you by further enhancing
the independent police oversight powers of the ACRB.
Thanks to you, all deadly uses of force incidents involving APD will now be reported to the ACRB. Thanks to you, City Council increased our funding
additional positions on our Board to include our younger citizens. A new
independent arbitration process gives police and citizens a second chance to, in effect appeal a Board decision. Our continued existence is assured now that the ACRB is embedded in the city charter. None of this would have happened without you.
Now we need you again to reach out to us and propose new ideas, concepts,
programs, and partnerships to keep you engaged with us. Currently, we hold KNOW YOUR RIGHTS TRAINING WORKSHOPS throughout the
community. We hold surveys to gauge your concerns about police. We offer an art and essay contest to allow you to creatively express police/citizen relations. We have an Integrity Street Team that is meets you in your community with information about us. What else can we do for you?
Please contact us with your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org; 404-865- 8622; chatline at acrbgov.org; or by mail at 55 Trinity Avenue SW, 9th Floor Tower, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
November 12, 2020, Thursday @ 5:30 p.m., live stream on YOUTUBE @ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl_oXkXkPj6t9RoAgUKiYuQ
Listen to the ACRB Meeting using the Audio Access Line: Phone Number: 701-802-5196, Access Code: 6537973
Public Comments accepted by calling 404-546-7848, until 1:00pm, Thursday, November 12, 2020
PLEASE GO TO THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN VIRTUAL MEETINGS ONLINE.
According to the Business Insider…
Howard was first elected as the top prosecutor for Georgia’s most populous county, which includes the city of Atlanta, in 1996, and as Decision Desk HQ noted, has never faced much serious opposition throughout his tenure.
But now, Howard has come under serious scrutiny for a number of ethics violations and other controversies associated with his time in office.
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Former DA Paul Howard recently made national news with his findings on the Rayshard Brookes police shooting case in Atlanta.
The DA Contest in Fulton County