In a Georgia legislative session that brought a divisive abortion bill after a tense election, Democrats see police overkill with Republican fingerprints on it; while police say they’re just ensuring safety.
This has become a season of recognizing lives lost. Victims of Atlanta’s Child Murders were acknowledged Wednesday by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. They join slain police officers who were recognized this week across the city, state and nation. Fallen soldiers are remembered on Memorial Day.
The mayor of Atlanta sat with her top staff and something near 100 written questions heavy on potholes and paving, received from attendees at a Cascade town hall Tuesday night. But the first question was in the form of a chant from protesters, demanding justice in the case of Jimmy Atchison, shot dead by a city police officer who’s now under investigation.
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields says she knows officers aren’t using their department-issued body cameras properly. That’s why she called for a city audit of camera usage and is implementing what she called a “straight forward” set of policies about how cameras are to be used and videos to be stored – to be followed by stiff penalties for rule-breakers.
Two teenagers who pleaded guilty to murder last year are founding members of a street gang, Down 4 Whatever, that continues to worry Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. Atlanta’s youth gangs are such an issue that a shoot-out with police could happen, Shields said.