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Last July 4, eight-year-old Secoriea Turner was shot and killed as she rode in the back seat of a car with her mother, Charmaine Turner, and Omar Ivery. Their vehicle was shot at because they had made a wrong turn and found themselves near a then burned down Wendy’s restaurant, the sight of the police shooting death of Rayshard Brooks a few weeks earlier. In the intervening weeks, the Wendy’s had become the focal point of protests over Brooks’ death and the site of several violent acts, including the burning down of the restaurant. Armed individuals had set up a roadblock and had effective control of the area. This is the location young Secoriea and her family found themselves on that fateful July evening.
Other factors leading up to Turner’s murder include the firing of Officer Garrett Rolfe, the officer involved in the 6/12/20 shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, and murder charges being filed against Rolfe by Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard. Howard was in a tight reelection campaign (which he later lost), and many thought the quick filing of charges against Rolfe was more political than a decision based on the evidence. Rolfe has later been reinstated to the force, but his murder trial is still pending.
Additionally, Atlanta Chief of Police Erika Shields resigned on June 13, 2020, with groups like the NAACP calling for her resignation in the wake of the Brooks shooting death. Shields was popular among Atlanta’s police officers. Earlier in June, six Atlanta Police Department officers were charged by District Attorney Howard with excessive force after tazing two college students who had violated Atlanta’s curfew. The curfew was put in place by Mayor Bottoms after several days of protests, looting, and destruction of property.
As a Georgia resident and baseball fan, I was disappointed when Major League Baseball decided to pull the All Star Game from Atlanta because they didn’t like our new election reform bill (SB 202). News broke last night that MLB has chosen Denver as the new site and it’s a state in many ways with […]
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.
Eighteen years before, Detroit had been the richest city in the United States – with a per capita income exceeding that in every other urban area in the country. By 1968, it was no longer so well situated. But it was prosperous. It was vibrant. The architecture was stunning; the churches, beautiful; the picture palaces, a wonder.
We haven’t finalized the venue, but it’ll be in midtown Atlanta, Thursday the 18th, at 7:00pm. I will edit this post when the bar/pub/grill is picked. @Stad is coming from out of town, and he will lead the first toast to Justice Kavanaugh. Please join us! Preview Open
Stalwart Atlantans are holding another mini-meetup next week: Thursday, September 13, 7pm, at Fado Irish Pub in Midtown. Note that searching for “Fado Irish Pub Atlanta” yields the Buckhead location as the first hit, not the Midtown location. Be sure you head here: 933 Peachtree St, NEAtlanta, GA 30309 Preview Open
Already posted in the RicochetMeetup group, but brought here for wider distribution: Another month, another Atlanta meetup. Next week has June’s third Thursday, and Bryan and I agree that it’s the NorthEast quadrant’s turn for a convenient location. Ippolito’s in Suwanee was such a nice spot back in February (with @spin and @jpark) that I […]
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America offer all crazy martinis, starting with the fire that caused a power outage and snarled all air traffic at America’s busiest airport but officials say their emergency plans worked swimmingly. They also react to Sen. Joe Manchin blasting his fellow Democrats and urging Sen. Al Franken to withdraw his resignation. And they sigh over the revelation that Harry Reid and two other senators sneaked $22 million in UFO research dollars into the budget back in 2007. Way to go, Nevada. Way to go.
Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 7, 2017 it’s the Belichick, Brady and Trump edition of the podcast. We are brought to you this week by our newest sponsor (we are excited) The Great Courses Plus. They have over 8,000 video lectures on a wide assortment of topics. Learn something new today! And we are brought to you by ZipRecruiter.com. Find the right candidates for the jobs you have to offer, fast!
Well, sorry to the rest of the country, but up here in Boston there is one thing on our minds. The Pats have won again! The Duck Boats will soon be rolling! It’s a victory so exciting that we can’t remember when we have…er,…felt this good…before??? Ooohhhh yeah! Last November it was! Did you watch the game? Any Patriots haters out there?
Any interest in a meetup in Atlanta at the end of April, coinciding with the NRA Annual meeting? Preview Open
Avik Roy’s return to the comments regarding Republican outreach to minorities has occasioned much discussion about how to do outreach to minorities, whether it is possible, how it would work, and much else along those lines. I don’t have an answer, but let me offer a small scale example that illustrates the problem, courtesy of Clarence Stone’s book, Governing Atlanta. And do keep in mind that everyone in this story is a Democrat.