Atlanta is on the verge of losing one of it’s wealthiest neighborhood in the city over their lack of action against rioters and their destructive methods. .Residents of Atlanta’s Buckhead district is looking into their options including seceding from Atlanta and forming their own city where police are allowed to do their job without persecution. This would rob Atlanta of a lot of tax revenue.
A group of residents have gathered to form the Buckhead Exploratory Committee to petition Georgia for permission to put secession on the ballot to let the people decide whether to remain part of Atlanta or whether they can form their own city and leave Atlanta and Mayor Bottoms far behind them. They have already raised $600,000 to fund their effort.
Buckhead Exploratory Committee chairman Bill White said:
“The mayor and the city council have been making bad decisions, so at what point does anyone with a brain say, ‘Enough?’ If crime is out of control and you are doing nothing about it, you are finished as a city.”
Buckhead’s dissatisfaction with Atlanta is over crime and the riots after the death of George Floyd with no apparent attempt to stop the rioting. Police morale is in the gutter after Atlanta’s DA brought charges against an officer who shot a suspect who was trying to taser one of the officers at the scene. So, you are supposed to allow an attack on an officer? No wonder morale is missing in Atlanta.
The Daily Wire reported:
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“I think ours is down ten-fold,” Bottoms told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo in regard to Atlanta PD’s department morale. “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.”
She went on to claim that the Atlanta city government has “a great working relationship with police” and that the issues with morale were temporary.
“In fact, our officers were given a historic pay raise by our administration, and it was so our officers wouldn’t have to work three jobs and be fatigued so that they could afford to live in the city of Atlanta, so they wouldn’t be resentful about policing our streets so that we could have the best to choose from on our force,” Bottoms told Cuomo. “We expect that our officers will keep their commitment to our communities.”