Blue Flu From Bad Politics Infects Atlanta
Blue Flu From Bad Politics Infects Atlanta
June 18, 2020
Blue Flu has come to Atlanta, and a politically motivated District Attorney is to blame. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced that recently fired Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe will face felony murder charges in connection with the shooting of Rayshard Brooks. Atlanta Police respond by calling out from duty– showing their opposition to the politically motivated charges, and the DA’s rampant overzealous persecution of APD officers for personal gain.
Fulton County DA Howard is facing a tough November election. One that has the 6 term DA facing a primary run-off amidst a time of professional upheaval. The Atlanta Journal Constitution writes,
[Howard] currently faces three civil lawsuits from female employees past and present alleging harassment. Also, the GBI is investigating Howard for use of a nonprofit to supplement his salary.”
The recent police involved shooting presents the DA with a political gift. Unfortunately, it’s the head of officer Garrett being served to a population hungry for validation of their hatred for the police. The DA is seizing the opportunity to bolster his reelection chances, and beat challenger Fani Willis. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports he is verbally attacking Willis,
as a pawn of Republican kingmakers and accusing her of promising not to prosecute cops in exchange for the Atlanta Police Union’s endorsement. He supplied no proof in support of those accusations.
additionally it reports he said,
The Atlanta Police Union has endorsed and is funding my opponent along with Republican Mary Norwood. Even though violent crime is down by 70% in Atlanta, Mary Norwood and the Police Union are not satisfied because I have followed my oath as an independent District Attorney who prosecutes police officers when citizens are killed without justification.”
A DA fighting for his job, presented with another polarizing case at a time of hyper-focus on police officers. Fortunately we have body camera footage, because if this DA was anymore obvious in his attempts to railroad a conviction, he’d be wearing a train conductor’s hat while holding a pocket-watch.
After the DA announced charges against former officer Rolfe, he doubled down by stating that the other officer on the scene, Brosnan, has since decided to testify on behalf of the state. But, along with some preposterous charges, the DA seems to be
talking out his ass making assumptions. Officer Brosnan’s attorney responded to this statement,
He will continue to tell the DA or the GBI [Georgia Bureau of Investigation], or any other investigator what happened. But he is absolutely not guilty of any crime and will not plead guilty and has not agreed to be a ‘state’s witness,'”
Following the DA’s announcement the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced via twitter,
Despite today’s occurrence, the GBI will complete its mission of completing an impartial and thorough investigation of this incident and we will submit the file, once completed, to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. (2/2)
Full statement ⬇️:https://t.co/Cfnboi9DCu
— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) June 17, 2020
If the DA needs a translation for common English; the GBI said he’s a moron who levels charges against officers based on perception, before an investigation has concluded. And they will do their job despite him.
But least we forget that this is the same DA who announced charges against 6 Atlanta officers following an altercation with college students out past curfew. Labeling a taser as a deadly weapon, one officer is charged with aggravated assault. DA Howard was later recored saying,
A taser is a deadly weapon in Georgia? Well then, I suppose officer Rolfe was rightly in fear of his life after Mr. Brooks wrestled the taser away and ran off. What does the DA have to say about this? Transcripts from a CBS interview show us exactly how DA Howard can adjust the law to fit his needs.
“Should the officers have felt threatened by that Taser?” asked CBS News.
“It’s not a lethal weapon, it’s a non-lethal weapon,” Howard responded.
This guy is a piece of work! Over 40 prosecutions of Atlanta Police officers… APD officers need to worry more about the internal frags from the DA than other criminals outside the DA’s office.
District Attorney Howard has made the police his target. He thinks that the winds of change are blowing against the police, and he wants to use it as a force to propel him to another term. He has repeatedly come after Atlanta PD, often before any meaningful investigation has been completed. He’s showing a bias against the blue. Finally, they’ve had enough. The last two months have been especially difficult for Law Enforcement, and worse for those in Atlanta who are subjected to a feudal lord looking to maintain his standing as DA.
The announcement of charges against officer Rolfe was the last straw.
Decauterish.com writes, “Vince Champion, southeast regional director of the International Brotherhood of Police officers, said that police officers had stopped answering calls midshift, in response to charges against Officer Garrett Rolfe who is accused of murdering Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.” They quote him saying,
The union, we would never advocate this. We wouldn’t advocate a blue flu,” Champion said. “We don’t know the numbers. Apparently we’re learning that command staff are asking outlying counties for support and aren’t getting it.”
After rumors of #blueflu started circulating on twitter, the Atlanta PD responded with,
Earlier suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate. The department is experiencing a higher than usual number of call outs with the incoming shift. We have enough resources to maintain operations & remain able to respond to incidents.
— Atlanta Police Department (@Atlanta_Police) June 18, 2020
The areas most impacted? Zones 3 and 6, these include south Atlanta, and the Wendy’s where officer Rolfe shot Mr. Brooks. Atlanta IN Town reports,
“A drive around Zone 6 indicated there was not the usual APD presence. A Georgia State Patrol unit was handling a two-car accident at Boulevard and Edgewood Avenue around 9 p.m. The APD’s precinct at Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center appeared empty. Down in Grant Park, the Zone 3 precinct was populated by Fulton County Sheriff units.”
The real test will be after Thursday. Those intent on causing trouble know that the PD has a low census of officers. They will commit crimes and mayhem. Officers who didn’t call out today might reconsider after reading the accusatory words of Atlanta’s Mayor Bottoms told CNN,
If we have officers that don’t want bad officers weeded out the force then that’s another conversation we need to have,”
Good officers despise the few bad ones who taint the uniform. But those good officers know when they are being used as fodder for vote pandering. They understand “Due Process” and rights of the accused. Politicians who ignore those rights while working to expedite termination and criminal charges are the real dregs to justice. Especially when they do so to benefit their position amongst voters.
If the citizens of Atlanta want to devolve into CHAZlanta, and be subjected to unchecked pan-citizen safety patrols… this is how it begins.
If they really want to clean up their city, they can start by voting against a dirty District Attorney who is building his career by destroying those of Atlanta PD officers.
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