Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has acknowledged that police morale is “down ten-fold.”
Who knew? If the Atlanta Police feel scapegoated by its leaders, why is it a surprise that dozens of officers are calling in sick or refusing to leave their precincts?
The Fulton County DA has effectively ensured that a fair trial against officer Garrett Rolfe, charged with a felony murder of Rayshard Brooks, isn’t on the cards.
Why would Atlanta Police officers want to put themselves in harms way when the DA seems keen on hosting a kangaroo court?
The death of Brooks was avoidable. Had he not resisted arrest and not pointed a taser – ironically classified as a deadly weapon by the DA – at Rolfe he would be alive today.
Brooks had been released on parole due to COVID19 after serving a prison term for child assault. He was caught and arrested for DUI. Presumably he didn’t want to go back to prison. Perhaps he might have taken more responsibility given his new found freedom. That doesn’t make him any less worthy of life. Let’s be clear.
That also doesn’t automatically exonerate Rolfe but the media and public are not experts in what law enforcement officers are allowed to do in carrying out their duty.
If Officer Rolfe openly violated internal protocols then justice ought to be dispensed by the book. If he didn’t break any of the existing rules then the DA has no place inventing his own interpretation to ensure a guilty verdict because it is fitting for the times.
That seems to be what is at stake.
If Rolfe’s actions are no longer deemed to be an acceptable use of force then the regulations need to be changed, not make an honest cop who abided by his training into an example for political point scoring.
No wonder the Atlanta PD is feeling marginalized. Who could blame them?