BLUE FLU: Atlanta Police Officers are Walking Off Job, Sources Say
Sources within the Georgia law enforcement community are telling the Todd Starnes Radio Show that massive numbers of officers are walking off the job.
The “Blue Flu” is in response to the arrests of two Atlanta police officers charged in the death of a suspect last week in the parking lot of a Wendy’s.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. announced 11 charges against Garrett Rolfe, including felony murder — which could lead to the death penalty if he is convicted — and three charges against officer Devin Brosnan, who has been reassigned.
Rayshard Brooks was shot after he brutally attacked both police officers, grabbed a taser, ran off, then turned around and fired the weapon at Officer Rolfe.
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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the case, said they were caught off guard by the district attorney’s announcement. In a statement, they said they were not given advance notice that charges would be filed.
They also said the investigation has not been completed – leaving many to wonder why the district attorney would proceed with charges.
Jason Segura, the president of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 623, told Fox News that Atlanta officers were calling out, quitting or transferring to other jurisdictions.
“A lot is going on,” he said. “I can’t confirm the number who have left — if it’s 10, or if it’s half the force.”
My sources say only two police precincts in the city are fully staffed. As many as four zones experienced complete walk-outs.
However, the Atlanta Police Department refutes those reports.
But Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms hinted to CNN that there are big problems within the department.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says morale in her city’s police department “is down ten-fold” amid reports officers are calling in sick tonight.
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“We expect our officers will keep their commitment to our communities,” she said — acknowledging that outside law enforcement agencies could be summoned should there be major issues.