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Atlanta police call ins soar. City offers them $500 bonus to “boost” morale. It’s insulting to think money can fix this. 

Friday morning Will Johnson of Unite America First and Ben Bergquam of America’s Voice gathered in a conference room in Tulsa, OK to meet with their team to head out to the Trump rally area to interview rally goers. They were suppose to have a security guard with them but he got a call to go to Atlanta, GA to help support the police department because they are still experiencing a high number of call outs.

Fox News reported:

Interim Chief Rodney Bryant told The Associated Press in an interview that the sick calls continued Thursday, but said the department had sufficient staff to protect the city. It’s not clear how many officers called out.

“Some are angry. Some are fearful. Some are confused on what we do in this space. Some may feel abandoned,” Bryant said of the officers. “But we are there to assure them that we will continue to move forward and get through this.”

In 911 audio obtained by 11Alive, there were long periods of silence on Atlanta police radio Wednesday night.

In one exchange after midnight, an officer can be heard saying: “We’re having our unit(s) come back to the main. We are not answering 911 calls right now due to personnel issues. If you can reach out to other zones, or I will have them assist with our pending.”

The police chief did not comment on how they were filling in the gaps from all the officers calling in, but we now know there is a call across the country for reinforcements to come help.

In the midst of America is trying to recover from the George Floyd riots and the calls to defund or dismantle police departments, Atlanta is faced with another challenge in these times. How do interpret what police can and can’t do.

Many police are trying to figure out what to do next.

The Washington Post spoke with the Atlanta police union which said this is not the “blue flu”. In fact, he said it’s not an organized thing at all.

A spokesman for the city’s police union also denied reports of a “blue flu,” a de facto police strike when many cops call in sick at the same time, but confirmed that the actions were in protest of the charges against Rolfe and a second Atlanta police officer, Devin Brosnan.

“This is not an organized thing,” Vince Champion, a spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, told NBC News. “What it actually is is officers protesting that they’ve had enough and they don’t want to deal with it any longer.”

The city of Atlanta has tried to compensate the city police officers by giving them each a $500 bonus. But is it insulting to think that money can fix this?

City police officers have been peacefully protesting the murder charge against Ex-Officer Rolfe for days now. They have not come out and given any statements, but I’m sure they rather have support from the police union, police chief, the mayor, and citizens more than a $500 bonus check.

Source: Every Atlanta police officer gets $500 bonus from foundation to ‘boost morale’ as sick-outs continue

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Christy Bowlin

    June 19, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    I can’t blame them. They are getting no respect due to one man’s evil actions. Yes, George Floyd was murdered. We have all agreed on that from the start. But that wasn’t good enough. The riots had to start. The shooting of Rayshard Brooks was his own fault. If you don’t want to do the time, don’t do the crime. If Black Lives Matter Group is truly for black lives, why don’t they start in the poverty stricken communities and help black people rise up above poverty? Why don’t these liberal celebrities that care so much put down their twitter accounts and donate some of their millions to the black community? Not to organizations, but to actual people in these communities. LEAVE THE POLICE ALONE!!!!! Can anyone imagine having people in your face screaming, throwing things at you and you are not allowed to respond. And if you do try to defend yourself and the community, you get murder charges and the criminal gets to become the hero. Shame on America!!! We need to unite in love not in hate.

    • Hubert hood

      June 19, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      Very well said. I agtee 100% it is past time that our (my) president step in and do what should have been done by the cities and states. Back up our men and women in blue TRUMP 20/20.

    • Sharon

      June 19, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      It has never been about George Floyd. They use his name. His family should of put a stop to it but they are rich now.what is odd if you look closely some pictures don’t look like the same guy in some pictures he has alot of hair other pictures he doesn’t some pictures he has tattoos other he doesn’t makes you wonder. All the protesting, stealing, setting things on fire ,destroying business, cars killing people black and white, seem to be ok because they aren’t
      Police. Black kill more black that’s
      Okay too .stop doing crime do what the police tell you to do it will be okay. Stop teaching your kids to hate police and whites it will be better whites stop telling your kids black are bad things will get better.

    • Retired Army

      June 20, 2020 at 7:59 am

      If I was a LEO, I’d take that $500, my badge and weapon and tell them to put it where the sun doesn’t shine!

    • Lynn

      June 21, 2020 at 8:52 am

      AMEN!

    • Debra

      June 22, 2020 at 4:38 am

      They are helping rioters an looters an protesters by paying their bail
      Unreal they are brainwashed by the demirats which started all the hatred by Nancy polosi over trump an the rest of the swamp collie

    • Diamon

      June 22, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      Who you think you are talking about what black people need to do. Worry about the property in your white hoods. Blacks are mostly doing actually very well not all are in proverty just like not all of you whites are in proverty. And for the Rayshsrd Brooks comment he was a unarmed man and that could have been handled differently. So dont talk on what you don’t know .

      • Rae Fleenor

        June 23, 2020 at 5:05 am

        He was not an unarmed man, he stole the cops taser. That made him a threat and resisting arrest. If it was you would you have just allowed him to tase your partner? And then what did he plan to do?

  2. Corida Moore

    June 19, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    I dont blame them one bit. Why risk their life when the governing body wont back them.

  3. Estella Cotter

    June 19, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Of COURSE this is organized, although perhaps loosely. I don’t blame them at all. The charges against those two officers are, in my opinion, politically motivated. It’s disgusting and disgraceful.

  4. Judy Smedra

    June 19, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Way to go to the upstanding policemen and women. YOU are very valuable to 90% of this country. We love and support you.

  5. Todd

    June 19, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Well I don’t think defunding the police and destroying our nation is fixing things easier.

  6. Mary Jordan

    June 19, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    I think the police officers should stay off the job until they know for sure what the heck is going on and make sure they can do the job without prosecution. The prosecutor who charged the officer with murder is a Criminal himself and is being investigate for embezzling some $600k for his personal use. I don’t blame them for being concerned about their jobs.

    • Carl Elftman

      June 20, 2020 at 1:02 am

      My understanding is the DA is under investigation and running for election. Sounds like get the heat off of him.
      Maybe in any case he tries the officer can for get information against the defendant. A DA that loses lots of cases does win again.

  7. Judy Monroe

    June 19, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    They should continue to stay home and the union needs to back them! Government bodies like the corrupt mayor and DA have put all LEOs on notice that they can’t do their jobs and protect the law abiding citizens. It’s a slap in the face to offer money, their lives are worth more than anything they could possibly offer and just because everyone in government is bought and paid for, doesn’t mean our men and women in blue lower themselves to the same standards!

  8. Sandra

    June 19, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Way to go Atlanta police! Hope other police officers take suit! I’m for all men/women in BLUE!!! PERIOD!!!!

  9. Jane

    June 19, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    This is what you governors and mayors deserve. Blue lives matter. Our police officers and goverment are suppose to protect our communities from thugs and they don’t. Rolf was justified in his shooting and shouldnt even have been fired let alone be charged with murder.

  10. Amy Spek

    June 20, 2020 at 7:45 am

    I sure understand how they feel and would do same thing. Who wants to do your job if NO ONE is backing you up..and fearful of any action you might have to take. especially your elected leaders. Risk your life for what? Feeling no one wants you there…and then the ones that hate you are calling for help…could be a set up or just feeling sick about the haters calling YOU for help! . Feeling if you get killed no one gives a damn. . Anyone would feel this way knowing no one respects what you do or appreciates your sacrifices.! If our state officials do not stop this or better yet the rest of us doing something drastic to stop this ….well I guess we we will have to be armed to protect ourselves and others…and we are not TRAINED.

  11. Day Augustine

    June 21, 2020 at 2:06 am

    These officers put their lives on the line every single day to protect their lives and our lives. It’s a damn shame they are not getting the support they need from the mayors/governors of their state. Shame on them trying to buy them with money! These rocket scientists want to defund the police??? Great, let them….so when they call 911 and no one comes….

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