Just another big city being mismanaged by Democrats, with largely the same results seen
Baton Rouge, and
News and commentary about Atlanta:
Mayor: Okay, Now That I Have The Virus, Everyone Has To Wear Masks. As we learned over the holiday
weekend, Atlanta Mayor (and potential Biden running mate) Keisha Lance Bottoms has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Her husband
has tested positive as well. While she reportedly remains asymptomatic, she maintains that she has "no idea" where or
when she could have been exposed to the novel coronavirus. As I asked at the time, is it possible she might not have
contracted the disease if she'd worn a mask more often? Perhaps she's taken that possibility to heart because it was
announced this week that she was signing an order to make masks mandatory in her city. And yesterday [7/8/2020] she did
4th Of July Street Party In Atlanta Turns Into Madness When Bullets Fly. Atlanta police said they responded to
multiple shootings throughout the city during the fourth of July weekend. Police reported at least 25 people were shot
in six separate incidents. [Video clip]
the lives of innocent city residents not matter? In Atlanta this weekend, an 8-year-old girl was shot and
killed while riding in a vehicle with her mother. The driver was trying to enter a parking lot where a group of people
had illegally placed barricades. Someone in the group reportedly opened fire. Elsewhere in Minneapolis, a
pregnant woman was shot while in her car. Doctors were able to deliver and save her child, but the woman died shortly
thereafter. And in Seattle, where a teenage boy died last week, another young woman was killed after a car drove into a
group of protesters on a closed highway. We don't know much about the perpetrators or their politics, but we do know
this: Violence will continue to escalate in cities that refuse to check and put down lawless behavior.
mayor calls for citizens to stop 'shooting each other' after murder of 8-year-old near BLM protest site. In an
impassioned press conference Sunday night, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a full-throated call for citizens to
stop "shooting each other up on our streets," after an 8-year-old girl was shot and killed on the Fourth of July near a
Wendy's that has become a flashpoint of anti-police Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the city. Bottoms, a Democrat
who is considered a potential running mate for Joe Biden, made the remarks as she fought through tears — and the
nation endured a new bout of urban carnage. Sixty-three people were injured and 17 killed in Chicago, including two
children, over the weekend; and in New York City, 44 were hurt and at least six killed.
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People who shoot at each other don't care what the mayor says. One could easily suspect that the mayor is pretending to be outraged about
the violence only because she is being considered for the office of Vice President — right behind a President who has one foot in the
dementia ward already. Her record as the mayor of a Democratic hell hole isn't much to brag about.
Incredibly Evil: Armed Protesters Occupying Area Near Atlanta Wendy's Reportedly Shoot and Kill Little Girl.
This is about as evil as you can get and a horrible story to have to report. According to police, 8 year old Secoriea
Turner was riding in a car with her mom and an adult friend when car turned off the interstate near the Wendy's in Atlanta where
Rayshard Brooks was shot by the police. They were trying to enter a parking lot to turn around but were stopped by people
who were illegally blocking the entrance. Protesters had been illegally occupying the area since the killing of Brooks.
An armed group of black males surrounded the car. At some point in the interaction, someone in the group shot into the car,
killing the little girl.
Drops Reality Bomb: It's Not Police Shooting up Communities, It's Community Members. After Atlanta Police
abandoned their posts due to Atlanta's leadership turning their back on them, crime skyrocketed and shootings became
relatively common. They became so common that 8-year-old Secoriea Turner was shot and killed on Saturday when a group
of people shot up the car she was riding in as they passed by the same Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms gave a press conference on the atrocity committed for no good reason. During her
small speech, she pointed out that all of these riots and crimes were supposed to be in reaction to the way police and
society at large treated the black community but in truth, it's not the police that are shooting up the communities, it's
members of the community.
[a] Little Girl [was] Killed at [a] Protester Location Near Wendy's in Atlanta, Now Three More People [have been]
Shot. We brought you the horrible story on Sunday [7/5/2020] that "protesters," who had been occupying a
parking lot near the Atlanta Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed by the police, shot and killed a little eight-year-old
girl, Secoriea Turner. She was in a car with her mom and a friend when they pulled off the interstate and turned into
the parking lot to try to turn around but they were stopped by "protesters" who were illegally barricading the parking
lot. Armed men surrounded the car. An altercation ensued and police say two men were involved in shooting into
the car, killing the child.
14 people shot during fireworks at Atlanta intersection. Over a dozen people have been injured after a shooting
during a party at a northeast Atlanta intersection, police say. Officers were called to the 200 block of Auburn Avenue
around 1 a.m. Sunday [7/5/2020] after reports of multiple people shot. According to police, the incident
happened when a large group of people gathered at an intersection to watch fireworks and celebrate.
target Georgia State |Patrol headquarters in Atlanta. The Georgia State Patrol headquarters in southeast
Atlanta was vandalized early Sunday [7/5/2020] by a group accused of setting off at least one firework inside the
building. A spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol told FOX 5 that shortly after 1 a.m. a group of between
60 and 100 masked protesters approached the building on United Avenue. Video at the scene showed several dozen people
outside and the sound of drums being played in the background. Smoke could be seen through a glass window of the
building after the red flash that looked to be coming from inside.
we reached the point at which self-defense is a crime? Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe has been charged
with felony murder for killing Rayshard Brooks, who first attacked Rolfe and a fellow officer and then stole a taser that he
fired at Rolfe. Fulton County district attorney Paul Howard is fighting for re-election while under investigation for
"funneling" at least 140,000 city dollars to himself.
Those High-Profile Prosecutions Set Up to Fail? [Scroll down] On the heels of these curious actions
comes the June 12th shooting of Rashard Brooks by police officers in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta,
Georgia. Again you have multiple videos. Mr. Brooks clearly starts the physical altercation attacking both
officers who are attempting to place him under arrest for DUI. Brooks steals one of the officer's Taser and while fleeing,
turns and fires it directly at an officer's face. Under Georgia law, a Taser is considered a deadly weapon.
Fearing for his life, the officer returns fire, striking and killing Brooks. To most of us, it seems like an obvious
case of self-defense. On June 17, I watched in utter amazement as the Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard
held a press conference to announce the charges against the police officer that shot Rayshard Brooks. [...] As I listened to
Howard pile on charge after charge, I began to wonder if he was watching the same set of videos that the rest of us were
looking at? It is evident to me that there is very little likelihood that they are going to get a grand jury
indictment. And if they do, there is even less chance that a jury is going to hand down a conviction.
More Arrested In Atlanta Wendy's Arson Following Rayshard Brooks Death. Atlanta Fire Investigators, with
assistance of law enforcement agencies, arrested two additional suspects overnight in connection with the Wendy's
fire — which was started after Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer. Chisom
Kingston, 23, and John Wade, 33 are charged with 1st Degree Arson and have been booked into the Fulton County Jail.
A Will to Overthrow the United
States. On June 12, less than a month after the killing of George Floyd, another white police officer, Garrett
Rolfe, in Atlanta, Georgia, shot and killed a black man, Rayshard Brooks. The police officers were arresting Brooks for
drunk driving, and after a cordial exchange with the officers, he unexpectedly resisted arrest, and seized a Taser from one
of the officers. He began to run, but when he turned and fired the Taser at Rolfe, Rolfe shot and killed him.
Rolfe was dismissed from the police force without due process, and charged with felony murder, which potentially carries the
death penalty. Although video recordings of the event were widely broadcast, District Attorney Paul Howard tried to
claim that Brooks was calm and "cheerful". He added that a Taser is not a deadly weapon — after having said
a few weeks earlier that it was.
Atlanta cop borrows bike, helps catch
skatepark murder suspect. A murder suspect in a shooting near the Old Fourth Ward skatepark was arrested
Tuesday after an Atlanta police officer borrowed a man's bicycle and chased him on the Beltline, authorities said.
Nicholas Fonseca, 21, was wanted in connection with the death of 37-year-old Andrew Scott Callahan, who was shot multiple
times Sunday evening near the skatepark, AJC.com previously reported. [...] Body camera footage released Wednesday [7/1/2020]
shows two officers running in the direction of the suspect before one of them borrowed the bike from a passing cyclist.
airport sees delays after TSA agent tests positive for coronavirus: reports. Travelers using one of America's
busiest airports faced delays Wednesday after a Transportation Security Administration agent tested positive for the
coronavirus. The diagnosis prompted officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia to shut
down the airport's main security checkpoint for a thorough biohazard cleaning, FOX 5 of Atlanta reported. Long lines
were seen at the airport's North Checkpoint after travelers were rerouted there, according to the station.
Detective Sides With Officer In Defense Filing For Rayshard Brooks Case, Says Brooks Would've Been Charged On 10
Counts. In a defense filing for former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe, who has been charged with felony
murder in the Rayshard Brooks case, the Atlanta Police Department homicide detective assigned to the case, Al Hogan, sided
with Rolfe, noting that he would have brought 10 charges against Brooks had he survived the incident. "Atlanta PD
detective assigned to the [Rayshard Brooks] investigation says he would have charged Brooks — not Rolfe —
with 10 counts, including multiple felonies," posted Philip Holloway, a legal analyst for WSB Radio. Captioning a
screenshot of Hogan's letter, Holloway noted: "Usually law enforcement are witnesses for the state but this is from a
no outrage? Atlanta shootings surge, but it's not the cops. The exchange was surreal, a sign that the
wheels may be falling off public safety in Atlanta. Fittingly, it happened Monday during the City Council's Public
Safety Committee hearing as council members and interim Police Chief Rodney Bryant were grappling with the unrest plaguing
the city. Councilman Antonio Brown, who represents the district just west of downtown, was getting ready to speak in
the virtual meeting when he told the chief: "I was just notified there was a young man who was just shot and killed at
377 Westchester Boulevard. Can you get a unit out there? He's been on the ground and there's no police who have
come. He's dead already, he's on the ground and the residents have put a sheet over him and the police still haven't
arrived." It sounds like Afghanistan: Can you please come and pick up the body?
man accused of arson, inciting a riot during 1st night of protests granted bond. An Atlanta man charged with
arson, damaging property and inciting a riot during the city's first night of demonstrations last month was granted bond
Friday afternoon [6/26/2020]. Dramerius Jeffries faces several charges in connection with the May 29 protests after he was
seen standing on a burning police car and a defaced sign outside the CNN Center, authorities said. Those charges
include arson, inciting a riot, criminal damage to property, reckless conduct and obstruction of law enforcement by using
threats or violence, Fulton County Jail records show.
zones — recipe for destruction based on this vicious lie. The police-free protest zones popping up
across the United States are built upon a vicious lie — namely, the claim that most police departments by their
very nature are thoroughly corrupt and racist and beyond the reach of reform and repair. Nothing could be further from
the truth. And in the upcropping of these free-for-all protest zones, we are witnessing an embrace of lawlessness and
anarchy that can only produce the bitter fruits of death and destruction. Atlanta appears to be the most recent city in
which protesters are attempting to establish such a lawless zone. On Tuesday night [6/23/2020], three men with guns
told Fox News that police were unwelcome in the Atlanta neighborhood surrounding the Wendy's restaurant where a police
officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks on June 12 after the man resisted arrest and pointed a stun gun at police.
Brooks' girlfriend, 29, is arrested for 'setting fire to the Wendy's' where he was shot dead by cops. Rayshard
Brooks girlfriend has been arrested on suspicion of setting fire to the Wendy's where he was shot dead by cops on June 12.
Natalie White, 29, was taken into custody in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday afternoon after handing herself into the authorities.
Police issued an arrest warrant for her on June 20 and shared surveillance footage of her inside a store.
Flu' as Atlanta Police Walk Out. Will Other Pushbacks Follow? Last week reports trickled in on Wednesday
of Atlanta police synchronizing a refusal to come into work or calling out sick, dubbing the event a "Blue Flu." The walkouts
are suspected to be a response to the murder charge assigned to a fellow officer following the killing of Rayshard Brooks
before an investigation was concluded. Trying to minimize the PR damage, the Atlanta Police Department formally tweeted
that it wasn't a "walkout," but a "call out," adding that they had confidence that operations would be maintained.
warrant issued for woman who allegedly set Wendy's in Atlanta on fire. An arrest warrant was issued on Saturday
by Atlanta fire officials for a 29-year-old woman accused of setting fire to a Wendy's restaurant hours after Rayshard Brooks
was seen on surveillance video fatally shot by a police officer. Natalie White was charged with first-degree arson by
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Fire Investigators for torching the Wendy's on University Avenue on June 13.
investigators identify suspect in Wendy's arson case. Atlanta arson investigators said Saturday they've
identified a female suspect who is being sought in connection with a Wendy's fire that was set after the shooting death of
Rayshard Brooks. The Atlanta Fire Department obtained an arrest warrant for Natalie White, 29, for first-degree arson,
which is considered a felony in the state of Georgia, Fox 5 reported. White's face was captured on video surveillance
and shared during a news conference on Tuesday at a fire station on Manford Road.
police department morale "is down ten-fold," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says. Police brutality protests in the
Atlanta area intensified this week after 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by a police officer Friday
night. Since the officers involved in the case have been relieved of their duties and charged for Brooks' death, the
police department has seen a surge in fellow officers calling out of work — and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
says police morale "is down ten-fold." In an interview with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Wednesday [6/17/2020], the mayor said
that police morale around the country is down.
Brooks was a menace to society. On June 12, 2020, Rayshard Brooks, 27, fought with two police officers and
grabbed one of their taser guns. As he ran away, he turned to try to shoot Rolfe, and Rolfe shot him in
self-defense. Brooks had, among other things, four previous charges of obstructing a police officer, cruelty to
children, and domestic violence. It made no sense why Brooks would fight the police until you look at his criminal
history. The following are interactions he had with law enforcement. On 08/22/2016, he was sentenced to twelve
months in jail and to three years' probation on each of the five felony counts, which were to be served concurrently.
On 12/20/2018, an arrest warrant was issued for him regarding his last arrest. The police were called when Brooks was
drunk and fell asleep in his car, blocking traffic at a drive-through restaurant. Being drunk would have been another
probation violation. If he had been arrested, he could have been sent back to jail.
Do Black Feelings
Matter Too Much? Atlanta was burning two weeks ago after a white cop in Minneapolis killed a black criminal who
resisted arrest. Now it's burning again over a white Atlanta cop shooting and killing a black criminal who resisted
arrest. On Friday night [6/12/2020], police responded to a call about a black male who was sleeping in his car while in
the drive-thru lane of a Wendy's restaurant just south of downtown. After police arrived, the suspect, 27-year-old
father of four Rayshard Brooks, allegedly failed a sobriety test. Footage shows him actively fighting the two white
cops who tried to arrest him. He seized a Taser from one of the police and then ran. While running, he turned
back and pointed the Taser at the cop, who responded by shooting him. It's all on film — and none of it
matters. Of course, there's no "national discussion" about the plague of black males resisting arrest, even though
that's been a feature in every last one of these high-profile Race Porn cases. That's because at this moment in the
USA, black feelings matter more than anything else. An unwarranted concern for black feelings — don't EVER
make them angry — may be the wrecking ball that obliterates this country beyond repair.
of Fool Shoots a Cop With a Taser or Wrestles Him for His Gun? [Scroll down] Well, I watch the video, and
I cannot believe what I am seeing. I see a very peaceful scene in which a cop seems to be restraining or arresting a
fellow, no controversy. And then the fellow suddenly breaks loose from the cop and starts running away. Who does
that? Honestly, what sane person breaks away from a cop restraining him and starts running away? That is
crazy. [...] This is real life, not the movies. Despite the doughnut jokes and the movie scenes, cops are fit
enough to be on patrol. If they fall behind the guy, they have guns. They can summon more cars, helicopters.
What kind of person does this? So then I was really focused on the video, as the possible culprit starts fleeing the
cop. And then I saw something that seemed so crazy that I replayed the video eight times because I kept not
believing what I thought I was seeing. I really did. Eight times. So I kept playing it over and over
again. Get this: the guy, as he is fleeing from the cop, turns around and shoots something at the cop.
It looks like a Star Wars-type saber or something from a kid's video game because it emits this kind of spark of light
being fired at the pursuing cop. Only later did I learn that the guy had grabbed the cop's taser and was firing it at him.
[...] What does one expect will be the outcome?
says cops made no attempt to save Rayshard Brooks, instead kicked him. Let's go to the videotape. After
announcing yesterday that Garrett Rolfe, the officer who shot Rayshard Brooks, would be charged with felony murder, Fulton
County District Attorney Paul Howard introduced what he termed "another important consideration" in the case. He went
on to assert that the two officers involved ignored an "Atlanta policy that requires that the officers have to provide timely
medical attention" to the victim, emphasizing, "for some period of two minutes and twelve seconds, there was no medical
attention applied to Mr. Brooks." [...] It's not clear what video Howard was watching, but it was obviously not the one
that follows, recorded on Rolfe's body cam, which had become free during the struggle. In the clip, provided courtesy
of the Daily Mail, the voice of the officer can be plainly heard repeating over and over, "Mr. Brooks keep
breathing. Keep breathing for me." Stills from the same video show the two officers leaning over the prone body of
Brooks, administering CPR.
DA hopes putting cops in jail will keep him in office. It's as plain as the spectacles on Paul Howard's
face: The Fulton County district attorney is bastardizing his office to hang on to his job. Wednesday's news
conference where Howard announced charges against two Atlanta cops was a travesty. It was a wounded candidate using the
death of a man killed by police to weave together a series of bald-faced prevarications and obfuscations to get past a
challenger who has him on the ropes. Before the George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and now Rayshard Brooks
protests and disturbances, Howard's 24-year career as DA looked like toast. There were allegations of sexual
impropriety with subordinates, and the GBI is criminally investigating him for paying himself $195,000 of city of Atlanta
money funneled through a nonprofit he headed, one set up to combat youth violence. A week before the June 9th primary,
Howard moved quickly to criminally charge six Atlanta cops who used Tasers on two college kids.
In Rayshard Brooks'
killing, prosecutor's rush to charge cop raises serious questions. "As many of you know... a Taser is
considered as a deadly weapon under Georgia law." Those are the words of Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard two
weeks ago — before he announced murder charges Wednesday against the fired Atlanta police officer who shot and
killed Rayshard Brooks on Friday during a confrontation outside a Wendy's restaurant. Howard's adamant pronouncement
that a Taser is a deadly weapon came in an unrelated criminal case and was made in front of television cameras and
microphones. His words will surely come back to haunt him as he attempts to prosecute former Officer Garrett Rolfe on
11 criminal charges including felony murder, which carries the death penalty. The law of self-defense in Georgia is
clear: deadly force may be met with deadly force. In fact, deadly force can be used to defend against force that is
likely to cause serious bodily injury.
outrageous prosecution in Atlanta. The Fulton County DA's decision to charge officer Garrett Rolfe with murder
struck me as highly dubious. [...] As [Andrew] McCarthy points out, the DA, Paul Howard, Jr., recently deemed a taser a
deadly weapon under Georgia State law. Howard made this statement when it was a police officer's use of a taser that
was in question. But, if anything, a taser is more deadly in the hands of a non-policeman. At least police
officers are trained to use tasers safely. Howard's charging of Rolfe isn't just unfounded, it is transparently
political — an attempt to appease a mob. Why else would he bring the charges so quickly, before the Georgia
Bureau of Investigation has completed its investigation?
Shooting: The Political Prosecutor Caves In to the Mob. If you broadcast that you are willing to be
bullied, then you invite the mob to rule. When the mob rules, you get brass-knuckles politics, not justice. You
get a hyper-political county prosecutor, under the corruption microscope as he desperately seeks reelection, filing
trumped-up, mob-driven charges before the actual investigators have a chance to finish their work. You get a capital
murder charge against a police officer who returned fire after being shot at with a taser by a fleeing suspect. A
taser that the fleeing suspect, a criminal with a violent history, stole from the police while they attempted to arrest him
on a well-founded charge. A taser being the very weapon that the same prosecutor, just days earlier, had deemed a
deadly weapon under Georgia State law. But of course, that was then, when the same prosecutor was addressing the use of
tasers by police. This is now, when a criminal used a stolen taser on police. In mob-stricken
Atlanta, the prosecutor says the latter use of deadly force is no threat at all.
Charged With Felony Murder In Rayshard Brooks Shooting Responds Through Legal Team. Former Atlanta police
officer Garrett Rolfe, involved in the shooting of Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy's parking lot last week, was charged with felony
murder on Wednesday. On Thursday [6/18/2020], Rolfe's legal team released a statement defending his "justified" actions.
Of Police Officer Charged In Rayshard Brooks Shooting Fired From Her Job. Company Releases Statement. Fox
News host Tucker Carlson reported on Thursday evening [6/18/2020] that the stepmother of Atlanta police officer Garrett
Rolfe, the officer who allegedly shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, has been fired from her job at a mortgage company in the
area. "Until today, his stepmother, her name is Melissa Rolfe, was the HR director at a place called Equity Prime
Mortgage in Atlanta, Georgia," Carlson said. "But today, she was let go. She's no longer in that role, apparently
she was fired and her only crime was being officer Rolfe's stepmother."
Happens When the Cops Have Had Enough? What would you do if a split-second judgment at your job left you facing
the death penalty? That question was doubtless on the minds of the many Atlanta police officers who called in "sick"
Wednesday evening. Whole zones reportedly went radio silent. The call-out was a response to charges in the case
of officer Garrett Rolfe's killing of Rayshard Brooks, a black man shot while resisting arrest after passing out drunk in a
Wendy's drive through. The shooting resulted in Rolfe's dismissal, the Atlanta police chief's resignation, and an
arsonist setting fire to the Wendy's. But that was not enough for Democratic district attorney Paul Howard, who faces
an uphill reelection battle amid two separate investigations for graft, and who on Wednesday charged Rolfe with 11 counts,
including felony murder. For this, Howard emphasized, Rolfe could face the death penalty.
Bureau Of Investigation says wasn't consulted before charges announced in Brooks killing. The Georgia Bureau of
Investigation says it wasn't notified in advance about the criminal charges announced Wednesday on the two Atlanta police
officers charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks and that the bureau's investigation has yet to be
concluded. The charges were announced at a press conference by Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard. "The
GBI was not aware of today's press conference before it was conducted," the bureau tweeted. "We were not consulted on
the charges filed by the District Attorney."
Said Taser Was 'Deadly Weapon' Just Days Ago, Now Says Firing Taser At Cops 'Not A Threat'. The problem with
people who vote for Democrats is that they want everything both ways. They are highly inconsistent. The worst
part is they want you to do as they say, not as they do. For example, the district attorney of Atlanta said just two
weeks ago that a taser was a "deadly weapon." He said this because an officer fired off the taser. However, when
Rayshard Brooks stole a taser from a cop before he was shot a killed, the DA is singing an entirely different tune.
Pouring in that Atlanta Cops Are Walking Off the Job After Officer Charged With "Felony Murder" of Rayshard
Brooks. It looks like the mayor of Atlanta is starting to get worried about all the cops that are not showing
up for work. It's called the "Blue Flu," and they're protesting because one of their own was just charged with felony
murder and is facing the death penalty for doing his job. Mayor Keisha Bottoms is so desperate to get cops to show up
that she's trying to remind them that she got them a raise.
Atlanta Police Arrest is a Political Stunt. Paul Howard, the District Attorney for Fulton County, Georgia, has
charged Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe with felony murder in the death of Rayshard Brooks. Felony murder could
get the death penalty. There are some details you may not be aware of. First, Paul Howard is under investigation
by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for allegations that Howard has supplemented his income inappropriately through a
non-profit. Second, as a result of the investigation, Howard is fighting for his political life. He is currently
struggling in a runoff election to keep his job. As a result, Howard is playing up the situation to help him win.
Third, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is required to conduct an investigation of any officer-involved shooting.
That investigation has not yet concluded, the report has not been written, and the District Attorney did not consult with or
seek advice from the GBI prior to filing charges. That is highly, highly unusual.
Police Show Why We Need The Second Amendment. Police in Atlanta demonstrated the need for civilians to be able
to protect themselves last night when a large number of officers allegedly failed to report for overnight shifts. This
morning the Atlanta Police Department has disputed the extent of the walkout, telling 11 Alive News that the reports were
"inaccurate," but Atlanta's mayor said last night that there were insufficient officers to patrol the city. "We do have
enough officers to cover us through the night," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) told CNN. "Our streets won't be any less safe
because of the number of officers who called out." The officers were reportedly upset over the decisions to fire and
prosecute the two officers involved in the death of Rayshard Brooks over the weekend. Brooks's death reignited protests
and violence in the city.
cops continue to call out sick and every officer is given a $500 bonus for civil unrest shifts. Atlanta police
officers are still reportedly calling in sick to work in protest of charges against the cop who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks,
as it's announced every officer will receive a $500 bonus for working amid civil unrest. On Thursday [6/18/2010] the
Atlanta Police Department saw cops continue to call out of work, in protest of 11 charges, including felony murder, announced
Wednesday against fired officer Garrett Rolfe. Despite the call outs, the police force shared a statement insisting
it's able to handle all emergency calls.
ex-cop: Murder charge in Atlanta case 'miscarriage of justice'. Felony murder, possibly leading to the
death penalty, is among 11 charges filed against one of the Atlanta police officers involved in the June 12 death of Rayshard
Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot. "We've concluded, at the time Mr. Brooks was shot, that he did not pose an
immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or officers," Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard
Jr. said at a news conference Wednesday [6/17/2020]. Garrett Rolfe was fired while fellow officer Devin Brosnan has
been reassigned. Brosnan faces three charges, including aggravated assault. Rolfe also was charged with
aggravated assault, with some charges connected with a stray bullet that struck a bystander's occupied vehicle.
police belie department's claim all is well. The Atlanta Police Department denied Thursday [6/18/2020] that
police were not responding to calls in reaction to the charges Wednesday against two officers in the death of a 27-year-old
black man who resisted arrest. However, a police union director confirmed CNN sources saying some officers were
refusing to leave their precincts unless a fellow police officer required backup and others were calling in sick. On
Wednesday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. announced a charge of felony murder, possibly leading to the death
penalty, among 11 filed against Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe in the June 12 death of Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's
parking lot. Fellow officer Devin Brosnan faces three charges, including aggravated assault. Defenders of Rolfe
argue he fired at Brooks only after Brooks resisted arrest, wrestled with the officers on the ground, fled and fired at them
with a deadly weapon, a Taser he had stolen from the officers.
Police Officers Not Responding To Calls In Multiple Zones, Comes After D.A. Charged Officer With Murder In Rayshard Brooks
Case. Police officers in the Atlanta Police Department are reportedly not responding to calls in multiple zones
which comes after the department acknowledged that they were experiencing a higher than usual number of police officers
calling out prior to the start of their shifts. The news comes after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard
announced felony murder charges against officer Garrett Rolfe on Wednesday for his involvement in the death of Rayshard
Brooks, who was driving drunk, resisted arrest, got into a physical altercation with police, took a taser from a police
officer, tried to run, and fired a taser in Rolfe's direction. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that its
investigation into the incident was not complete when the charges were announced and that it was not consulted by Howard.
PD Stage Walkout While Mayor Asks Them To "Keep Their Commitment". Atlanta got its first brief look at what
abolishing the police looks like after their officers walked off the job overnight in protest of charges in the Rayshard
Brooks killing. Entire shifts reportedly walked out and neighboring jurisdictions reportedly refused to assist Atlanta
except to back up officers on the job, although the city tried to downplay the wildcat action.
Police Walking Off the Job After Fulton County Prosecutor Charges Officer Garrett Rolfe. A considerable element
of the Atlanta Police Department are leaving their posts in the wake of the controversial criminal charges filed against
Officer Garrett Rolfe, who was recently fired from the department after a shooting of a man many are claiming was legally
justified. Rolfe shot and killed Rayshard Brooks when attempting to arrest the 27-year old for suspicion of driving
under the influence. The latter had resisted arrest and taken Officer Rolfe's taser device, deploying it against him as
he fled the police before being shot.
of Atlanta cops call out of work after ex-officer charged in Rayshard Brooks death. The Atlanta Police
Department said it saw an uptick in the number of officers calling out of work on Wednesday night [6/17/2020] —
hours after local prosecutors announced charges against the ex-cop who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks. "The department
is experiencing a higher than usual number of call-outs with the incoming shift," the Atlanta PD tweeted. "We have
enough resources to maintain operations and remain able to respond to incidents." Earlier Wednesday, Fulton County
District Attorney Paul Howard announced felony murder charges against ex-officer Garrett Rolfe — who was fired
Saturday after shooting Brooks twice in the back during a scuffle outside a Wendy's restaurant. Rolfe, 27, will face
11 charges in all, and could be sentenced to death if convicted.
Police Union Head: 'It's the Worst Day in Law Enforcement in the City of Atlanta That's Ever Been'. The fallout
from the Rayshard Brooks' saga continued in Atlanta on Wednesday night on the heels of Fulton County, GA District Attorney
Paul Howard's announcement that former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe, the suspect in Brooks' death, was facing
11 charges. Vince Champion, southeast regional director of the International Brotherhood of Police officers, who functions
as the head of the police union for the city of Atlanta, acknowledged during an interview with Atlanta's FOX 5 morale within
the Atlanta Police Department had hit a low, which backs up a similar claim made by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on CNN earlier.
we about to see the second Burning of Atlanta? Atlanta citizens had better hope that history does not repeat
itself, this time because Atlanta police officers are so horrified by the eleven charges the Fulton County District Attorney
Paul Howard filed against Garret Rolfe, who shot Rayshard Brooks, they're engaging in a sick out. Without the police,
the whole of Atlanta is a sitting duck for every criminal out there. So here's what we know: Despite the media's
usual claim that a man who died while fighting the police was a beloved family man, Rayshard Brooks might not have been such
a nice person. When he died, he was on probation for a 2014 four-count conviction, with a seven-year prison
sentence: False Imprisonment, Simple Battery/Family, Battery Simple, and Felony Cruelty/Cruelty to Children. He'd
already violated his probation once, which resulted in his going back to prison for a year in 2016. Brooks' criminal
history does not mean he deserved to die. It merely explains why he went from compliant to violent in his interactions
with police: Brooks knew that his being arrested for DUI would send him back to prison for violating his parole.
In his drunken state of mind, he thought he could avoid that fate by fighting the police and running away.
Dan Cathy asks white Christians to repent of racism. White Christians should repent for racism and fight for
their black brothers and sisters, Chick-fil-A's CEO urged, after weeks of protests over police brutality and the death of
Rayshard Brooks. Cathy spoke about racism in America during a 70-minute roundtable discussion Sunday at Passion City
Church in Atlanta.
Overcharged in Rayshard Brooks Shooting. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard held a big, fat
showboating press conference yesterday, putting on a mini-trial for the media and the voters, announcing charges for the
officers involved in the shooting of Rayshard Brooks. Former police officer Garrett Rolfe was charged with 11 counts,
including felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Outrageous. If you watch the video, what you
see is a perfectly polite and calm exchange, Brooks resisting arrest, putting up a serious fight, attacking the two police
officers in the fight, grabbing an officer's taser, pointing it and trying to use it before he was shot and killed. Was
Rolfe threatened by these actions? I would say so. Why did Brooks resist arrest? That's a provocative move
and a physical one. It's Brooks that escalated the situation, if he had just not resisted arrest he would still be
alive. We need a national conversation on not resisting arrest.
Spreading: Over 40 LAPD Transit Officers Call Out on Wednesday, After 43 Skipped Work on Monday. Fulton County
District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announced charges on Wednesday afternoon [6/17/2020] in the death of Rayshard Brooks last
weekend at a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta. Brooks was killed by police after resisting arrest, wrestling with the police, punching
one officer in the face, stealing the officer's taser and then firing on the officers. Eleven charges were announced including
felony murder by the officer involved in the shooting of Rayshard Brooks.
A Political Trap — Outgoing Atlanta DA Sets-Up Successor For Problems. Fulton County, Georgia,
District Attorney Paul Howard Jr., held a press conference earlier this afternoon to announce eleven charges against police
officer Garrett Wolfe for the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks. The shooting took place at a local Atlanta
Wendys. In what appears to be a decision heavily influenced by local politics, DA Howard is charging officer Garrett
Wolfe with felony murder; an unlawful killing with malice, forethought and specific intent. It looks like Howard is
purposefully making a mess. [...] There is something rather unusual about the way DA Paul Howard framed the encounter between
the police and Rayshard Brooks, because CCTV video and body-cam footage do not support the district attorney's version of
events. Obviously in a courtroom the defense is going to replay the DA statements while they run simultaneous footage
of Mr. Rayshard Brooks resisting arrest, fighting with police and ultimately taking one of the officers' tasers to use
as a weapon.
Atlanta Officer Gets Felony Charges for Killing Rayshard Brooks. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard
Jr. announced Wednesday that former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe faces felony charges in the fatal shooting of
Rayshard Brooks. According to WSBTV, Rolfe faces "11 counts including felony murder and aggravated assault, criminal
damage to property, and violations to his oath of office." Howard is recommending no bond for the officer, citing his choice
not to provide medical assistance for over two minutes and for kicking Brooks on the ground after the fatal shooting.
than usual number' of Atlanta officers call out of work. A "higher than usual" number of Atlanta police
officers failed to show up for work Wednesday night [6/17/2020], hours after the Fulton County District Attorney announced
criminal charges for two accused in the death of Rayshard Brooks. "The department is experiencing a higher than usual
number of call outs with the incoming shift," Atlanta police posted on social media. "We have enough resources to
maintain operations and remain able to respond to incidents."
Brooks was on probation for four crimes — including cruelty to children — and faced going back to
prison if charged with a DUI. Rayshard Brooks was on probation and faced going back to prison if he was charged
with a DUI, DailyMail.com can reveal. It was the fear of incarceration that likely caused Brooks to panic in the face
of imminent arrest and caused him to make a break for it. Brooks was shot and killed on Friday, June 12 when cops
received a 911 call to the Wendy's at University Avenue in Atlanta. Brooks was drunk and asleep at the wheel of his car
and blocking the fast food restaurant's drive-thru lane.
police chief resigns after cops fatally shoot Taser-wielding black man. The victim of a fatal police shooting
in Atlanta had moments earlier fired a Taser at one of the cops chasing him, newly released surveillance footage showed
Saturday [6/13/2020] — as the city's chief of police resigned less than a day after the incident. Early
reports of the altercation that killed Rayshard Brooks, 27, Friday night had indicated Brooks, who was black, was
unarmed. But the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is probing the troubling shooting, released surveillance video
Saturday that, officials said, prove otherwise. In fact, the new video shows a fleeing Brooks turning and firing the
police Taser he'd just grabbed off one of the two cops he'd been grappling with.
Protesters Torch Atlanta Wendy's Where Black Man Was Shot and Killed by Police. Rioting protesters set fire to
an Atlanta Wendy's Saturday night. The fast food restaurant was the scene of the deadly police shooting Friday night of
a black man, 27-years-old Rayshard Brooks, as he resisted and fled from arrest with a Taser he stole from an officer.
Brooks, who was being arrested after being found passed out at the wheel of a car in line at the Wendy's drive-thru and
allegedly failed a field sobriety test, was shot by police when he turned and aimed the stolen Taser at an officer as he
fled. Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields resigned Saturday afternoon over the shooting.
Abrams previews new talking points: 'man was murdered because he was asleep in a drive-thru'. Democrat Stacey
Abrams argued that there is "legitimacy" to angry riots in Atlanta and claimed police "murdered" a man this weekend "because
he was asleep in a drive-through." The failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate spoke with ABC's George Stephanopolous
about renewed protests amid the death of Rayshard Brooks, the 27-year-old black man who was shot by Atlanta police after
resisting arrest and taking an officer's taser gun.
Here's the rest of the story:
Bongino on police shooting in Atlanta: 'Well, what would you do?'. According to the Georgia Bureau of
Investigation (GBI), police responded to a complaint about a male "parked in the drive thru" at a Wendy's "asleep, causing
other customers to drive around the vehicle." The report said police had the man perform a field sobriety test, which he did
not pass. At that point, officers attempted to take the man, later identified as 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, who is
black, into custody. He "resisted and a struggle ensued," which led to an officer attempt to use a taser. Brooks
"grabbed and was in possession of" the taser. In a subsequent follow-up to its original statement and report, the GBI
affirmed: "new videos indicate that during a physical struggle with officers, Brooks obtained one of the officer's Tasers and
began to flee from the scene." "Officers pursued Brooks on food and during the chase, Brooks turned and pointed the taser
at the officer. The officer fired his weapon, striking Brooks," said the GBI report.
Carson dominates Chris Wallace interview with a flawless answer to every question. While speaking Sunday
morning with Fox News host Chris Wallace, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was repeatedly peppered with
questions that were typical of an anti-Trump administration, anti-conservative anchor. For instance, Wallace brought up
the fatal police shooting of a black suspect in Atlanta. But why would he bring that up with someone who works for HUD,
not the Department of Justice? Nevertheless, Wallace wondered whether the shooting was justified. "Was it
appropriate to use deadly force against someone whose original offense was that he sleep asleep at the drive-through lane at
a Wendy's?" he asked. Carson replied that he's not sure and made it clear an investigation would be needed.
The Editor says...
Fake news alert: The dead man's "original offense," as Chris Wallace knows, was not the offense that got him killed.
Far greater detail:
Atlanta Wendy's Officer Shooting: Justified Use of Force. [Scroll down slowly past the details] To
reiterate: within a two-second time period, Mr. Brooks transformed his destiny. Mr. Brooks decided to shoot a
taser at Ofc. Rolfe, who was chasing him while also holding out a taser pointed at Mr. Brooks. Only after
Mr. Brooks points and shoots the taser at the officer is when the officer shifts from holding a taser to taking out his
firearm. Mr. Brooks continues to hold out his arm and to point it at the officer, looking back at him, trying to
aim his taser. At this point, the men are pointing arms at each other. Ofc. Rolfe then shoots, causing
Mr. Brooks to drop his arm down. The second and third shots bring Mr. Brooks to the ground. Yes, the
bullets entered Mr. Brooks' back. That is how he was positioned while threatening the officer. But no, the
back entry point of the bullets does not in itself transform the incident into a murder. Ofc. Rolfe acted in
self-defense. Georgia law does not impose on him a duty to retreat.
Georgia sheriff says shooting of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta police was 'completely justified'. Burke County,
Ga. Sheriff Alfonzo Williams argued Tuesday that Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe was "completely justified" in
using lethal force against 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, whose death has sparked a new round of protests and controversy over
policing and racial discrimination in the U.S. Brooks was shot as he attempted to flee Rolfe and another officer, Devin
Brosnan, who had attempted to arrest Brooks after he failed a sobriety test. Brooks had stolen one of the officers'
Taser and attempted to fire it in Rolfe's direction as he ran. "This is the third law enforcement agency I've been head
of," Williams, who is black, told CNN. "Every agency I've gone to, I've required every officer who carries a Taser to be
Tased with it, so that you understand the incapacitation."
Earlier news from Atlanta with no connection to the shooting of Rayshard Brooks:
in Atlanta neighborhood leaves 2 dead, 5 injured, police say. Two people were killed and at least five others
were injured in a drive-by shooting in an Atlanta-area neighborhood on Saturday, authorities said. Officers responded
to the Edgewood neighborhood in northeast Atlanta around 5:45 p.m. after shots were fired into a crowd of people, FOX5
Atlanta reported. Five victims were found at the scene and rushed to the hospital in serious condition, police said,
according to the station. Two other victims were driven to the hospital before police arrived.
Shots were fired in an Atlanta mall
following a dispute in the food court. Holiday shopping took a violent turn Saturday when shots were fired at
Cumberland Mall in Atlanta following a dispute in the food court, police said. Police responded to the incident at 1:18
p.m., according to a statement from the Cobb County Police Department. Police determined that it was an isolated
incident, and those involved knew each other, the statement said. [Video clip]
The Editor says...
When gunshots erupt at a shopping mall, and a stampede ensues, does it matter if it's an "isolated incident?"
gangs, teens, and pizza deliveries from hell. The video that was evidence in a Fulton County criminal case is
disturbing [...] A slight, shirtless boy waves his seemingly massive handgun and enthusiastically recounts robbing and
shooting a pizza delivery man in July 2017. De'Quandre Weaver, age 14 at the time and seemingly without a shred of
remorse or even comprehension of his grave misdeed, gleefully narrates the details of his escapade to gales of off-screen
laughter. Weaver uses sound effects to mimic the crack of the gun and the squeal of the tires, and he employs facial
expressions to show his victim's shock and terror as the man realized he'd been shot. The wounded deliveryman,
19-year-old King Melton, sped away, leaving the robbing crew with two pizzas, cheesy bread and cans of Orange Crush.
Protesters in standoff
with police on Atlanta highway. Protesters in Atlanta, Georgia marching against police brutality have shut down
Interstate-75 and the northbound side of Interstate-85, where a large police presence is preventing them from advancing
further. Meanwhile, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, some arrests have been made in protests there. Thousands of people
rallied in Atlanta, Georgia and Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Friday to protest the recent police-involved deaths of Alton
Sterling and Philando Castile, both African-American men, in Louisiana and Minnesota respectively.
Atlanta protesters in tense, peaceful
standoff with troopers. A group of protestors engaged in a standoff with Georgia State troopers for hours
Friday night. After an earlier protest in and around Centennial Olympic Park ended, this group marched to Williams
Street near the Downtown Connector. State troopers gathered in force to form a line to keep the protestors from
marching onto the highway.
of protesters block highway in Atlanta in march against police brutality. Black Lives Matter protesters have
been sprayed with tear gas in Phoenix after a march against police brutality spiraled out of control. Police also fired
bean bag rounds and pepper spray at the protesters, who were seen running away and shielding their eyes.
Of Law In American Cities. On March 20, 2019 the Atlanta Chief-of-Police announce that stores in Buckhead were
out of luck if they called to report shoplifting. Reasons given were that the city is 300 officers short of what they
need and that shoplifting calls take up too much officers time. There is an hour and a half of paperwork and then the
time required to transport anyone arrested. Apparently other crime is high enough that they have to pick and
choose. So what are store owners and employees supposed to do? Why they should still report it and get it
"counted" according to the Chief-of-Police but "they should also consider hiring and off duty cop that can "make sure the
culprit is made to pay for his crime". [...] So they expect store owners to pay for private protection and enforcement
from law enforcement offers while they are short staffed? Even if businesses could hire an off duty cop, there would
not be enough to police all the stores that need help.
Georgia man shot and killed 3 masked teens as they attempted to rob him at his home. A Georgia homeowner shot
and killed three masked teens as they approached his residence with their faces covered, authorities said. The three
victims, one 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds, were all from the area but did not live in the specific neighborhood they were
in, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said. The teens approached three residents at the front yard of a home early
Monday morning and attempted to rob them, authorities say.
shoots and kills 3 masked men in possible 'stand your ground' case. A homeowner in Georgia shot and killed
three young masked men at his home early Monday morning, according to Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett. Authorities
identified the three deceased individuals as juveniles Monday evening — two 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old —
but have not released their names. The sheriff's office told ABC News it waited to release information about the teens,
all from Conyers, Georgia, until all three families were notified.
rape suspect found after trying to join the police force hunting him. Cops hunting a serial rapist in Georgia
found him right under their noses — when he tried to join their police force. Kenneth Thomas Bowen III, 24,
only came into the spotlight when he joined the Clayton County Police Department's academy in 2018. He was fired after just a
few months for lateness and constant lying. Officers later realized Bowen had been named a "suspicious" person after at least
one of eight sex attacks that terrorized Jonesboro since 2015, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Detectives soon
noticed the "striking resemblance" between Bowen's photo and police sketches, police said at a press conference.
businessman shot and killed in CVS parking lot while waiting for wife to finish errands. Georgia businessman
and philanthropist was shot and killed in a CVS parking lot while he was waiting for his wife to complete her errands inside
the pharmacy, police said. Jack Hough was sitting inside his parked car just outside the Gainesville store around 7:45 p.m.
when the shooting occurred, according to the Gainesville Times. Police believe the suspect approached the 73-year-old Air
Force veteran in a bid to rob and carjack him.
suspect sought in death of Georgia businessman, philanthropist, Air Force vet. A search was underway in the
Atlanta area this weekend for a suspect in the shooting death of a well-known Georgia businessman and philanthropist who was killed
Thursday night [2/7/2019] in an apparent carjacking attempt, authorities said. Jack Hough, 73, was sitting in his car while
his wife shopped in a pharmacy when the suspect approached him around 8 p.m., according to reports. After a brief
struggle, Hough was shot in the chest. [...] Gainesville, located about 55 miles northeast of Atlanta, has seen a
spike in gun-related crimes in recent weeks.
man convicted of murdering grieving man who bumped into him at bar. A Georgia man was convicted Thursday of
murdering a grieving man who "accidentally bumped into" him at a bar last year. Torry Bowman, 33, was found guilty in
the October 2017 killing of 25-year-old Alec Price, who had been mourning the death of his grandmother, the Fulton County
District Attorney's Office announced.
women wanted for pummeling Applebee's waitress in Georgia, police say. Georgia police were on the hunt Friday
[7/13/2018] for four women who they say started an all-out brawl at an Applebee's after their waitress bumped up against one
of their knees. The wild fight was captured on surveillance footage late Tuesday night at one of the restaurant's
locations in McDonough. "One suspect grabs a knife and cuts her in the arm and the other suspect punches her,"
McDonough Police Det. T.F. Spangenberg told FOX5 Atlanta.
brave sixth grader recorded her teacher's ugly rant about Trump and minorities and told her story. A Georgia
middle school teacher's rant about President Trump forced the school district to respond to an "extremely unfortunate"
incident that was brought to light by a student. The Henry County school district responded to an audio recording of
sixth grade teacher Johnetta Benton which was captured by one of her students at Hampton Middle School. Josie Orihuela
began recording the audio once Benton began her lecture as she was introducing a video to celebrate Black History
Month. The teacher reportedly gave students a 15-minute monologue about how "America has never been great for
minorities," taking a jab at Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again." [Video clip]
teacher delivers 15-minute rant claiming Trump's MAGA slogan is a call to bring segregation back. A sixth-grade
teacher has delivered a shocking classroom rant claiming that President Donald Trump wants a return to segregation and
accused white students of being the progeny of 'European' mass murderers. Student Josie Orihuela recorded the incident
last month at Hampton Middle School near Atlanta, where social studies teacher Johnetta Benton was delivering a lesson for
Black History Month. Josie began recording just after Benton turned off a film the class was watching and pronounced
that that 'Make America Great Again' could be a precursor to 'trying to bring back segregation,' the student told Fox News.
man arrested outside Pizza Hut with camouflaged mask and a small arsenal. An Atlanta man was arrested outside a
Pizza Hut in possession of three handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition according to Griffin Police Department.
Jeremy Arnez Eppinger, 26, was noticed by a witness who told police he was acting suspicious, hiding behind a retaining wall
and wearing a camouflaged mask[.] He continued to look up at the Pizza Hut and crouch back down into hiding, the
witness told Griffin Police, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A few moments later, Eppinger jumped over the wall,
pulling a handgun from his waist. As Eppinger walked towards the restaurant with gun in hand, he spotted the witness
attempting to flee.
Gwinnett cop killer [was] found hiding in shed, police say. The man accused of killing a Gwinnett police
officer was found hiding in a wooden shed wielding a lawn mower blade and was shot and killed after he refused to obey police
commands, authorities said. After receiving information from a tipster on Tafahree Maynard's whereabouts, 75-90 police
officers descended on a neighborhood in unincorporated Snellville, set up a perimeter and went house to house, Gwinnett
Police Chief Butch Ayers said at a press briefing. After finding Maynard, police initially used a Taser. They
shot after determining he had was armed with a mower blade. Police said the officers were five to six feet away from
Maynard when he was shot. "The danger to the community is over," Ayers said.
officer fatally shot; one suspect held, another sought, authorities say. Authorities outside Atlanta said
Saturday [10/20/2018] that they had arrested one man and were looking for another in connection with the shooting death of a
Gwinnett County police officer who was fired upon while responding to the scene of "a suspicious vehicle" hours earlier.
A suspect identified as Isaiah Pretlow, 19, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service and was charged with aggravated assault
in the death of Officer Antwan Toney, 30, police said at a news conference.
struck by subway train while trying to save mother. Horrified subway riders rushed to save a woman pushed in front of a commuter train in
Atlanta, and the woman's daughter was struck by the train while trying to help, witnesses said.
who pushed mother onto tracks at MARTA station identified. MARTA police have identified the man who allegedly
pushed a woman onto the tracks at the Midtown MARTA Station Sunday, prompting a chaotic scene that ended with the woman's
daughter critically wounded. Police identified the suspect as Christopher Patrick Brooklin, 28. He is charged with
aggravated assault and battery in a public transit station.
patron barricades himself in bathroom, rips urinal off wall during police standoff. A man was taken into police
custody at a McDonald's near Atlanta, Ga. after barricading himself in the bathroom Tuesday. Derrick Hall, 36, caused a
standoff with police and a SWAT team at a Gwinnett County location of the fast-food chain, after employees reported he had a
knife and was possibly doing drugs, according to Fox 5. Officers tried to get Hall to surrender peacefully but were
unsuccessful. He began threatening the authorities and trashing the bathroom, pulling a urinal off the wall and breaking
a water pipe. Hall is also accused of swinging his knife at the police.
People like this should be locked up for life.
killed teen sister for taking too long in the bathroom: detective. An ex-con stabbed his 15-year-old sister 53 times last
month, killing her, because she took too long in the bathroom, a detective testified Monday [7/2/2018]. Gavin Henderson, 27, moved in
last year with his mother and siblings at the Lacota Apartments in Dunwoody, Georgia, after being released from a Florida prison following a
several-year stint for violent crimes. Henderson turned to his relatives because he had no other options, a Dunwoody Police Department
detective testified, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But Henderson soon had alarming physical confrontations with his family,
including pulling a knife on one of his sisters and a deadly dispute with another, Keaira Henderson, on June 18 — when he needed to
use the bathroom and she apparently wasn't finished, Detective Jesus Moldonado testified.
school teacher charged with 2016 gang-related murders of 2 children. A Georgia elementary school teacher was
charged last week with the murder of two children in a 2016 gang-related attack. Michael De'Sean White, 26, who works
at Toney Elementary School in DeKalb County, was arrested Friday and charged with the killing of 11-year-old Tatiyana Coates
and 15-year-old Daveon Coates. Clayton County police Maj. Tina Daniel told WSB-TV a police sketch of a man seen at
the murder scene drawn by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation helped authorities make a case against White.
punches store clerk over price of hair weave. Police near Atlanta, Georgia are looking for a woman who
allegedly attacked a store clerk over the price of a hair weave. Surveillance video shows the customer throwing
merchandise and punches in the Duluth store. Venus Beauty Supply workers say the Wednesday night confrontation began
after customer Melissa Roper and her daughter didn't like the price of a weave, and the lack of customer service they
apparently wanted. Roper's daughter threw the product at the clerk, then the clerk threw it right back.
shot at Atlanta train station. The shooting took place at about 4:30 p.m. [4/13/2017] at West Lake Station, according to
WSB-TV. All of the victims were in their 30s, according to WSB. A suspect has been detained and there is an ongoing investigation,
the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) said in a statement, according to Reuters.
unsatisfied with 'under-seasoned fries' throws food at workers. Clayton County Police Det. Sefan Schindler told WSB-TV Wednesday
[3/15/2017] the woman was upset because she said there wasn't enough seasoning salt on her French fries at a Zaxby's restaurant in suburban Atlanta.
shoots, kills home invasion suspect. A suspect in an alleged home invasion is dead after being shot by the
owner of the home early Friday morning [9/16/2016]. [...] Gwinnett County Police Corporal Deon Washington tells CBS46 News
that the suspect, identified as 28 year-old Antonio Leeks, kicked in the door of the home and awoke the homeowner.
After grabbing her handgun, the homeowner went to investigate and saw three males coming through the door.
Woman Shoots Man
Trying to Break Into Warner Robins Home. A woman shot a man trying to break into her home in Warner Robins
early Friday morning [9/16/2016]. [...] 27-year-old Martiez Holmes is charged with criminal attempt to commit burglary and
giving a false name. He was released from the hospital Friday.
Police: Georgia man killed in shootout
with US marshals. A man suspected of shooting at Atlanta officers last week was shot and killed Friday [8/5/2016] after getting into a
shootout with authorities trying to arrest him, a police spokesman said.
Lives Matter protesters interrupt Hillary rally. Protesters with the Black Lives Matters movement interrupted a
Hillary Clinton rally in Atlanta on Friday [10/30/2015], where she planned to unveil her criminal justice reform plan.
Members of the civil rights group in the crowd chanted "Black Lives Matters" and sang hymns throughout her speech.
teens storm school bus, attack elementary school kids. A pack of teens stormed onto a Georgia school bus and
attacked several elementary students on board — including one who needed to be hospitalized, according to a new
report. The four assailants — an 18-year-old non-student, a high school student and two middle school
students — boarded the bus Monday morning when it made a stop only about a mile from Snapfinger Elementary School
in Decatur, WSB-TV 2 reported. Several students were attacked, and one was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
hospital, school officials told the station.
Thug accused of having 4 types of drugs, tons of cash in DeKalb. Atlanta rapper Young Thug was arrested over
the weekend in DeKalb County after police said they found him and two other men in a car with drugs and nearly $50,000 in
cash. The artist, whose real name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to
distribute and possession of Xanax, codeine and ecstasy, along with co-defendant Cedric Jones. They were also charged
with possession of guns while breaking drug laws. The arrests were Sunday [9/24/2017] in Brookhaven.
arrested in Atlanta fire underneath interstate bridge. Three people have been arrested in connection with the
raging fire that collapsed a portion of Interstate 85 a few miles north of downtown Atlanta, crippling a major traffic artery
in a city already known for dreadful rush-hour congestion.
connected to I-85 fire, collapse identified. Three people have been arrested after a massive fire under I-85
caused a huge chunk of the roadway to collapse Thursday, multiple officials confirm. The fire began in the middle of
rush hour and brought Atlanta traffic on both sides of the busy Interstate to a complete standstill, as giant flames and
plumes of black smoke billowed. It left motorists stranded on the the Interstate for hours as Georgia State Patrol
Troopers worked to divert traffic and clear the roadway.
bridge fire suspect was smoking crack before blaze began, warrant says. The homeless man accused of starting a
fire that caused a section of a major Atlanta interstate to collapse was smoking crack before the blaze erupted, his arrest
warrant shows. Basil Eleby, 39, was charged with first degree arson and criminal damage to property in connection to
the fire, and is being held in Fulton County jail on a $200,000 bond. Eleby has been arrested 20 times since 2000,
mostly on drug possession and drug trafficking charges, according to Fulton County jail records.
Gladys Knight's son
accused of tax evasion as restaurants raided. Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles, an Atlanta dining
institution that features Southern favorites and is named after the famed singer, was raided on Tuesday after Georgia's
Department of Revenue accused the owner — Knight's son — of theft and tax evasion. Shanga
Hankerson, Knight's son and the owner of the three Atlanta-area restaurants, "is accused of stealing over $650,000" in sales
taxes and withholding taxes owed to the state, the agency said in a news release. "After penalties and interest the
total exceeds $1 million," the department said.
See if you can guess what they all have in common.
Atlanta Public School Cheating Teachers "Unindicted Co-Conspirators" Will Not Be Punished. Those
who opted for trial are a small fraction of the original 178 educators and administrators named in the governor's
investigative report of teachers changing answers on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.
murder suspects, including a 14-year-old boy, shared photos brandishing a gun hours 'before the robbery and shooting death of
a pizza delivery man'. Disturbing Facebook photos showing two murder suspects, including a 14-year-old boy,
holding a gun that is believed to have been used in a pizza delivery driver's murder in Georgia were presented during a court
hearing in the case on Friday [2/25/2016]. Reginald Lofton, 14, and Jermaine Young, 21, are accused of robbing and murdering
Papa John's pizza delivery man Shane Varnadore on March 1 at an apartment complex in Gwinnett County, WSB-TV reported.
Young and Lofton, who is being charged as an adult, face charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery in Varnadore's
shooting death. Varnadore, 28, was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound just before midnight, WSB-TV reported.
Nine arrested in
giant street brawl that killed teen. Nine people are behind bars in Georgia charged with murder after a massive street
fight caught on video. Police are investigating what sparked the brawl in a small town near Augusta that left a teenager
dead. David Begnaud reports from outside Glenn Hills High School in Augusta, where some of the suspects are enrolled.
9 face murder
charges in recorded after-school brawl in Georgia. It started out as a fistfight. Two girls —
emboldened by bystanders alternately yelling out support or derision — went toe-to-toe in the residential street
before they tumbled to the ground. It only got uglier from there. A two-minute cell phone video shot by a witness last
week in Hephzibah, Georgia, captures the chaos as others join the fray, some wielding bats or pipes, others their fists. The
driver of a black car targets two young men, narrowly misses them, and backs up on the subdivision lawn, striking another vehicle.
In the end, an 18-year-old boy was mortally wounded.
The Editor says...
Notice that the bystanders all have cell phones with internal video cameras, and every gang fight is televised on the internet.
Not to identify the suspects, of course, but to generate internet fame for the photographers. The lower class is preoccupied and
driven by celebrity and fame.
A Deadly Fight Involving Up To 50 Teens Started
With One 15 Year Old Girl. Authorities say nine people have been charged with murder and another is being
sought after a teenager was stabbed to death in a massive, chaotic brawl that involved baseball bats, pipes, knives and
other weapons near Augusta.
Bankroll Fresh killed at recording Atlanta studio. Fulton County Medical Examiner senior investigator Tami
Sedivy-Schorder says 28-year-old Trentavious White, also known as rapper Bankroll Fresh, was found shot outside Street Execs
Studio around 11 p.m. Friday [3/4/2016].
Atlanta girl shot during robbery for her
hoverboard. WSB-TV reported Sunday [1/3/2016] the bullet came out the girl's side after it struck her in the back. Her brother Doryan
Sanford said his sister was riding the hoverboard she got for Christmas and didn't realize she had been targeted by robbers. "He just said,
'Give it up,' and I said, 'What?' He pulled out a gun and put it to my face," Sanford told the station. "I pushed him back. That's when
I tried to close the door and that's when the bullet came through and hit my sister." [...] There was no word on a description of the robbery suspects.
MLK's sister-in-law punched
in face during attempted carjacking. "[The assailant] demanded her car and told her he was going to bust her in her mouth,"
said friend Lena Reid Morrow. Morrow said King refused to hand over her car. "Before she could say anything, he had hit her in
the mouth and was looking to see where her purse was in the car. But he could not see that, so he turned and hit her again and by
this time she was screaming," Morrow said. Police say the young male came from a wooded area nearby. They say he disappeared
back through the trail that leads to three different communities.
shot three times in front of his wife and children by teen robbers who knocked on their door claiming to have a flat
tire. An Atlanta couple have told of the terrifying moment four men pretending to have had car troubles burst
into their home and robbed them at gunpoint, shooting the father-of-two in front of his children. Mike and Whitney Lash
had just returned to their house with their two young children on August 16 when the men knocked on their door.
Mr Lash answered the door, and the men said they had just moved down the street but had a flat tire and wanted to
borrow a jack, but Mrs Lash felt something was amiss from the start.
killed in Atlanta police shootout had long arrest record. Despite being handcuffed and
in the back of a patrol car, a 26-year-old woman managed to get one hand free and use a stolen gun
to fire three shots at two officers, Atlanta police Chief George Turner said Friday [5/1/2015].
Slim Dunkin gunned down outside Atlanta recording studio. Police say the Detroit native, whose
real name is Mario Hamilton, was shot in the chest in after getting into an argument before the shoot.
Investigators said there were at least 20 people at the scene, each one with a different story.
Anthony Stokes Home Invasion, Shooting, Carjacking — Dies During Police Chase. The
story of Anthony Stokes didn't start the day he died after crashing a stolen car into a pedestrian and sign
post. Nor did his story start moments earlier when he kicked down the door of an elderly Roswell Georgia
woman and shot at her as she sat on the couch during his home invasion. The public story of Anthony Stokes
actually began a few years prior, in 2013, when he was diagnosed with an enlarged heart, a terminal condition if
he did not receive a heart transplant.
use pepper spray to break up fight among Nike shoppers. The release of Nike's retro Air Jordans
caused a frenzy at stores across the nation early Friday [12/23/2011], with hundreds of people lining up for a
chance to buy the classic basketball shoes and rowdy crowds breaking down doors and starting fights in at least
for New Air Jordan Sneakers Turns Ugly. The quest for some limited edition sneakers took an ugly
turn early Friday morning outside the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia. DeKalb police say several people
were arrested , including one woman who left two young children in her car, after the new Nike Air
Jordan 11 Concords went on sale.
shoppers squabble over Air Jordan shoes. Michael Jordan reigned supreme once more Friday in the
world of sneaker craziness, as scuffles broke out and police were called to three malls in the Charlotte area
when hundreds of sometimes-unruly shoppers showed up for a wildly popular Air Jordan shoe. Similar scenes
were reported across the country as shoppers were arrested near Atlanta, a shot was fired in a mall near San
Francisco, a man was stabbed in New Jersey, and police in the Seattle area used pepper spray on a crowd outside
a shoe store.
The blacks blame everybody but themselves for their lawless behavior.
Activists Call for Air Jordan Changes. Local activists and ministers are taking on one of the world's
top sports brands. They're calling on Nike and Michael Jordan to change the way they sell the highly sought
after Air Jordan sneakers. This comes after the frenzy over the limited release last week turned violent in
some cities. Now, community leaders say the people at the top should take some responsibility.
police have warrant for suspect in June attack on bicyclist. Atlanta police issued a
warrant Wednesday [7/16/2014] for an Atlanta man on attempted murder and other charges for the vehicular
assault on a local bicyclist June 9. Police are seeking Joseph Alan Lewis, 19, as a suspect
in the attack on Gregory T. Germani, 50, in the Morningside neighborhood. Lewis' girlfriend
Shanelle Woodard, 22, also of Atlanta, was arrested Wednesday and charged with tampering with evidence.
17-year-old boy arrested
after 5 shot near Atlanta high school, report says. Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy and charged him with
five counts of aggravated assault after he allegedly shot and injured five people near a southwest Atlanta high school on
Tuesday, according to a published report. [...] Parent Shavien Dennis told reporters outside the hospital that her 17-year-old
daughter, Tekevious Redding, a Therrell senior, was shot and was still being treated for a bullet lodged in her leg.
pleads guilty; gets life in killing of KSU student. When road rage between two carloads of people
spilled into a Cobb County apartment complex, another woman was called to help and grabbed a gun. She was
already a convicted felon on probation. Sparkles Lashayla Lindsey didn't know the woman she shot, according
to police. But hours later, a 21-year-old Kennesaw State University student was dead. On Tuesday
[2/10/2015], Lindsey pleaded guilty in the October 2013 shooting death of Kimberly Faith Kilgore and was
sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole.
3 shot Clark Atlanta student, then took his Nikes. A Clark Atlanta University student
is the latest victim of deadly scams involving the same website: Craigslist. And the death is one
more reminder of the potential dangers with the online site, according to police. James Jones
Jr., 21, was attempting to buy an iPhone 6 off the site late Monday when he agreed to meet the
alleged seller in a Marietta neighborhood. Instead, he was confronted by three men who shot him
twice, robbed him of his Nike tennis shoes, and left him to die in the front seat of his car, police said.
attend service for Clark Atlanta student killed buying iPhone. James Earl Jones Jr.
was a scholar. [...] On Feb. 2, Jones posted on Facebook that he wanted an iPhone 6. One week later,
he was attempting to buy the phone he saw advertised on Craigslist when he was shot and killed in Cobb County,
according to police. Jones agreed to meet the alleged seller Monday night in a Marietta neighborhood.
Instead, he was confronted by three men who shot him twice, robbed him of his Nike tennis shoes, and left him to
die in the front seat of his car, police said. Jones, 21, was dead when officers arrived.
ID construction worker killed confronting man in Kroger lot. A construction worker was
shot and killed outside a Kroger store in Atlanta on Tuesday [3/10/2015] by an assailant apparently trying to
steal his work truck, police told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The victim was identified as
Joshua R. Richey, 38, of Hayden, Ala., the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday
night. Richey was shot in the chest outside the store at 725 Ponce de Leon. The market
has been called the "Murder Kroger" because of crime in the area.
for missing Atlanta Muslim child leads to discovery of a makeshift armed Muslim compound in New Mexico. The
detective forwarded the message to Taos County, New Mexico Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe, who executed a search warrant Friday [8/3/2018] on a
makeshift compound that authorities believed was operated by armed Muslim extremists. After a standoff with two metro Atlanta
men inside the heavily armed encampment, officers arrested and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj — the fugitive wanted in the child
abduction case as well as Lucas Allen Morten. But they weren't the only ones at the property that had no running water,
plumbing or electricity.
arrested after 11 children found in 'filthy' New Mexico compound with armed Muslim 'extremists,' cops say. The
three mothers of the 11 malnourished children found living in a filthy New Mexico compound were arrested and charged Sunday
along with two men described as armed Muslim "extremists" after authorities raided the property in search of a 4-year-old
boy. Jany Leveille, 35; Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35, were arrested and charged with neglect and child abuse
of the children. The three women, who were found at the compound in Amalia, initially refused to answer any questions.
about this case has been posted here.
surgeon accused of leaving patient brain-damaged. A plastic surgeon who filmed herself singing and dancing
around the operating table as she performed procedures was accused of leaving a patient with "catastrophic" brain damage.
Dr. Windell Davis Boutte uploaded over 20 clips of herself prancing around next to patients while singing along to
hip-hop tunes. She even sliced someone open for the camera as "Cut It" by O.T. Genasis blared out in the
background. Icilma Cornelius suffered heart failure after being pushed into having a pre-wedding tummy tuck at Boutte's
clinic in Lilburn, Georgia, in February 2016, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
seller missing after meeting would-be buyer, foul play suspected. Atlanta police suspect foul play in the case
of a missing man who posted a Craigslist ad for a vintage truck and disappeared after meeting a would-be buyer. Police
found the truck belonging to 44-year-old Vicente Cruz in a motel parking lot with blood inside, WGCL-TV reported Saturday [5/6/2017].
The Editor says...
Craigslist would function as intended only among moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the transactions of any other.
fires 250 drivers in New York over walk out, report says. The shipping giant Monday [3/31/2014]
fired these employees because they walked off the job in February in protest over the dismissal of a fellow
Queens employee who worked for the company for 24 years, The [New York] Daily News reported. The
report said 20 workers were fired after their shifts and 230 were told they will be fired once replacements
are in place.
dismisses 250 Queens drivers after they protested against long-time employee's dismissal. UPS
has delivered a special message to 250 of its Queens drivers: You're fired! The Atlanta-based
company is booting 250 of its unionized drivers from its Maspeth facility because they walked off the job
for 90 minutes Feb. 26 to protest the dismissal of a long-time employee, UPS told the [New York]
Daily News. Twenty employees were terminated Monday after their shifts — and the remaining
230 notified that they'll be canned as soon as replacements are trained, a company spokesman said.
Debate Winners and Losers. MSNBC went full "woke" with their production of Wednesday night's [11/20/2019] primary
debate. They held the event at Tyler Perry's historic Atlanta film studios — a seeming nod to the Black
community although they perplexingly left out nearly any mention of Black voter issues — and they had an all women
panel of moderators, led by Rachael Maddow. Again, there was a perplexing lack of questions surrounding the issues
you'd think most Democrat-voting women would be curious about... outside of the sacred abortion questions.