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The mayor of Atlanta, a Democrat as usual, admitted that police morale is down significantly. It is no coincidence that murder is through the roof in Atlanta, as the police correctly judge that the mayor and local prosecutors are against them and with the leftist domestic terrorists and the criminal gangs. Governor Kemp, a Republican from the business wing, has so far done nothing and said nothing except to sign and celebrate a “hate crime” bill that now puts Christians under persecution as bigots if they follow the Bible on sexuality. Hotlanta may burn again, this time from within, thanks again to ineffective local and state leadership.

CBS News reported on Atlanta Mayor Bottoms’ comments over a week ago:

In an interview with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Wednesday, the mayor said that police morale around the country is down.

“… and I think ours is down ten-fold,” Mayor Bottoms said. “This has been a very tough few weeks in Atlanta and with the tragedy of Mr. Brooks, and then on top of that the excessive force charges that were brought against the officers involved with the college students, there’s a lot happening in our city, and the police officers are receiving the brunt of it quite frankly.”

Predictably, civilian violence in Atlanta is rapidly mounting, piling up politically inconvenient deaths for the Democrats:

Violence is off the chain in Atlanta.

During the first three weeks of this month — May 31 to June 20 — 75 people have been shot in Atlanta. Last year during that period, 35 people were shot in the city.

At this rate it’ll be 100 shot by July.

Eleven people have been killed during that three-week period. Last year? Five.

[. . .]

The carnage coincides with the protests of George Floyd’s killing in Minnesota. On May 29, demonstrations started in downtown Atlanta and things got crazy. Squad cars burned, stores were looted, and protesters and police clashed.

[. . .]

“The irony about defunding to reform police is that residents in those areas are begging for more police,” [Councilman Michael Bond] said. Many residents, especially those who are older, are frightened about crime and “don’t want the police to go away,” he said.

[. . .]

A video shot after a shooting near the burned-out Wendy’s shows cops being forced back into their cars by a threatening crowd. In the third week of June, Atlanta cops made 50 traffic stops. In the corresponding period a year ago, they made 3,000. (Yes, those numbers are right.)

Scores of cops have called in sick, and the so-called “proactive” policing — which is investigating situations to try to stop crime before it occurs — is now largely nonexistent.

“Officers will respond to high-level calls and protecting each other,” said Jason Segura, a cop who heads the department’s union. He said the recent firings and quick arrests of officers without detailed investigations has police thinking the city does not have their backs.

President Trump is right, Republicans must all stand up now and fight back hard in the name of the forgotten Americans whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by Democrats and their allies on the streets. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, supposedly a conservative Republican, has been negligent and cowardly in the face of violence and local officials attacks on police. He needs to mobilize the resources of his office to support the good people of Atlanta against the thugs and their Democrat enablers. Governor Kemp needs to stop cowering and start standing for law and order, for basic security as a precursor to all other rights he has sworn an oath to uphold.

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  1. Jon1979 Lincoln

    It was interesting that after the first weekend of the George Floyd-related rioting, Bottoms probably came out of it better than any other big city mayor by siding with her police and decrying the rioting that damaged the CNN Center, the College Football Hall of Fame and other locations in the downtown area. If perceptions had been frozen in amber as of June 1, Bottoms would likely have been one of the better choices Joe Biden could have made as a VP pick, if the VP pick on the Democrats’ side is going to be required to check off all the boxes.

    It was the city’s panicked and knee-jerk reaction to the Rayshard Brooks death, with Bottoms and Fulton County DA Paul Howard immediately throwing the police chief and the officers involved under the bus that created the current problems, and left Atlanta in the same shape in terms of rising crime as New York and Chicago, where no one thinks Bill de Blasio or Lori Lightfoot have been doing a good job.

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    • June 29, 2020, at 8:30 PM PDT
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  2. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    It was interesting that after the first weekend of the George Floyd-related rioting, Bottoms probably came out of it better than any other big city mayor by siding with her police and decrying the rioting that damaged the CNN Center, the College Football Hall of Fame and other locations in the downtown area. If perceptions had been frozen in amber as of June 1, Bottoms would likely have been one of the better choices Joe Biden could have made as a VP pick, if the VP pick on the Democrats’ side is going to be required to check off all the boxes.

    It was the city’s panicked and knee-jerk reaction to the Rayshard Brooks death, with Bottoms and Fulton County DA Paul Howard immediately throwing the police chief and the officers involved under the bus that created the current problems, and left Atlanta in the same shape in terms of rising crime as New York and Chicago, where no one thinks Bill de Blasio or Lori Lightfoot have been doing a good job.

    Excellent point.

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    • June 29, 2020, at 9:11 PM PDT
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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor

    At the rate we’re going, we won’t need to disband the police departments. If the cops are smart, they’ll all quit.

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    • June 30, 2020, at 6:02 AM PDT
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  4. Dr. Bastiat Member

    Clifford A. Brown: In the third week of June, Atlanta cops made 50 traffic stops. In the corresponding period a year ago, they made 3,000. (Yes, those numbers are right.)

    Wow.

    No police presence in Atlanta. I wonder how that will turn out?

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    • June 30, 2020, at 6:03 AM PDT
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  5. lowtech redneck Coolidge

    The Georgia Republican party has been a disgrace for years.

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    • June 30, 2020, at 8:16 AM PDT
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  6. Cato Rand Coolidge

    Um, the hate crime bill applies to crimes. So yea, if you’re a Christian who thinks the Bible compels you to whomp gays with baseball bats, it’ll interfere with your enjoyment of that activity. But if you just want to believe, or speak about, what you believe the Bible says about sexuality, you should calm down. It has nothing to do with you.

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    • June 30, 2020, at 2:57 PM PDT
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  7. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown

    Cato Rand (View Comment):

    Um, the hate crime bill applies to crimes. So yea, if you’re a Christian who thinks the Bible compels you to whomp gays with baseball bats, it’ll interfere with your enjoyment of that activity. But if you just want to believe, or speak about, what you believe the Bible says about sexuality, you should calm down. It has nothing to do with you.

    You may be correct, for the moment. I wrote based on media descriptions of expanding protected categories. The law, as written, is actually quite short and appears, on its face, to not reach beyond violent crimes. The question that will arise is if the last line overwrites all other laws describing protected categories, and so criminalizes bakers, florists, and all the other people hauled into court in other states. The last line of Georgia HB 426 is:

    81 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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    • June 30, 2020, at 6:41 PM PDT
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  8. Danny Alexander Member

    #7 Clifford A. Brown

    Silence now having been defined as violence — presumably additive to, and not superseding, the definition promulgated from several months ago of non-woke words as equivalent to violence — maybe HB426 will result in all of Georgia’s citizens purring like cats at every waking (pun not intended) moment.

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    • June 30, 2020, at 7:48 PM PDT
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  9. Danny Alexander Member

    In seriousness, and tentatively in his defense perhaps Gov. Kemp is prioritizing efforts to contain Wuhan Virus spread from Florida?

    Sure, when a person runs for high public office such as governor of a state, that person is pledging to apply decently honed multitasking skills to simultaneously occurring crises of whatever number and intensity, but this pandemic does kind of suck all the oxygen out of the room (pun more or less intended).

    Plus, wouldn’t you as your state’s chief executive want to defer to the mayor of your state’s largest city on the public order issue, so long as it remains confined to the city itself (whose votes you’re eternally unlikely to snag), and so long as the mayor keeps digging a deeper and deeper hole for herself (thereby depriving herself of a Running Mate spot)?

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    • June 30, 2020, at 8:01 PM PDT
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  10. Cato Rand Coolidge

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Cato Rand (View Comment):

    Um, the hate crime bill applies to crimes. So yea, if you’re a Christian who thinks the Bible compels you to whomp gays with baseball bats, it’ll interfere with your enjoyment of that activity. But if you just want to believe, or speak about, what you believe the Bible says about sexuality, you should calm down. It has nothing to do with you.

    You may be correct, for the moment. I wrote based on media descriptions of expanding protected categories. The law, as written, is actually quite short and appears, on its face, to not reach beyond violent crimes. The question that will arise is if the last line overwrites all other laws describing protected categories, and so criminalizes bakers, florists, and all the other people hauled into court in other states. The last line of Georgia HB 426 is:

    81 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

    I AM correct for the moment. If you want to predict a problem down the road, be my guest. But your statement in the OP that it “now puts Christians under persecution as bigots . . . .” is still false.

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    • June 30, 2020, at 8:31 PM PDT
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