Report: Atlanta police officers are fleeing the city in mass numbers – ‘the city doesn’t care about us’

ATLANTA, GA – Police officers in Atlanta are leaving in mass numbers. The two main reasons, as cited by the police union: low morale and the feeling of no backing by city leaders.

The Atlanta Police Department reports that, prior to this summer, the agency would lose on average just under six officers per month.  The reasons for officers leaving varied from retirement to higher-paying jobs elsewhere. 

Now, in the month of August alone, according to 11 Alive, 42 have left employment.  In all of 2019, there were 67 total.

Sergeant Jason Segura, president of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Local 623, said officers were leaving mainly for lack of support.  He said:

“Majority of it is just the lack of support.  You have officers that have been trained by the Academy as far as what you can and can’t do, what the law is, what your SOPs are, and when it comes down to it, you have eight officers were terminated without due process and without the hierarchy following the same rules that they trained us in.  So, it’s just a lot of confusion.”

Six officers were terminated from the Atlanta Police Department after a video went viral showing officers arrest two college students in the beginning of summer protests. In that incident, officers ordered and signaled for the driver of a vehicle to stop after the 9 p.m. curfew as a result of the rioting in the city.

The vehicle did stop. However, the occupants, Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young, refused to open the windows or exit the vehicle when lawfully ordered to do so.  With no other options, the officers broke open the windows and attempted to remove both of them to place them under arrest.

Both Pilgrim and Young resisted officers’ efforts and as a result were Tased in order to gain compliance.  Both were arrested and that is when the situation went sideways for the officers. 

Video went viral of the use of force, which prompted Democratic Mayor Keisha Bottoms to have all officers involved fired.  The District Attorney determined that their police-issued Tasers were deadly weapons and they criminally charged the officers with various crimes, including aggravated assault with the Taser. 

The other two officers that Segura is referring to are the officers who were involved in the police-involved shooting of Rayshard Brooks.  Not only were both officers arrested after they were attacked violently by Brooks, they were also criminally charged in the case.

With all eight officers, the union and the officers themselves have claimed the officers were not given their due process rights of a fair and impartial investigation prior to their terminations, and in some cases, criminal charges.  The union alleges this was done because of the ongoing police protests and riots throughout the country.

Interim Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant spoke of the people leaving from his department:

“While it is true that we have seen some turnover within the department, this is not out of line with what we are seeing with numerous departments across the nation today due to the current climate surrounding policing in the United States, officers deciding to pursue other careers outside of policing entirely as well as officers deciding to leave for other departments outside Atlanta.”

Perhaps, someone should inform Bryant of the number of officers who have left his department in the month of August alone, and how that is almost as high as the number of people who left in all of 2019.  Doubtful that officers leaving the agency are “in line” with what is occurring throughout other agencies. 

Perhaps the reason is as Segura has said – the officers are afraid of having to do their jobs, as they are trained, and being fired and/or criminally charged.  He said:

“We want to be able to do our job and we want to be able to protect and serve.  The disconnect comes when the mayor comes out and terminates officers without due process.

 “Use of force is supposed to be judged by what a reasonable officer would do based on the same set of facts and circumstances.  The mayor, I know she’s an attorney, but she does not know what split second decisions an officer has to make.”

Segura continued:

“No officer wants special treatment, they just want to know that the training they’re receiving and the case laws they were taught and the rules that they were taught are being followed by those that lead us.

 “We’re losing some of our best, some of our absolute best.  The most knowledgeable, most well-respected that have just got to the point where they can’t do it anymore.”

The Atlanta Police department has a current manning level of 1,733 police officers.  They are supposed to have 2046 officers.  Even with the 110 academy recruits either in training or waiting for classes to start, that leaves them at 203 vacancies, and that is after all of the 110 recruits can make it through training.

Bryant commented on the lack of officers patrolling the streets and feels that there are still a sufficient number of officers to maintain safety for those in Atlanta.  He said:

“Our current manpower is sufficient to continue to handle 911 calls with minimal delay between calls being received and dispatched to an officer on the street. 

“I do concede that the calls Atlanta PD receives are triaged, so some calls of lower priority (larcenies where the suspect has already left the area, private property accidents with no injuries, or minor damage to property) may take longer to dispatch than higher priority calls, but it is still our goal to respond to every call were police services are requested, in a reasonable time.”

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Dear America – Atlanta cops walking off the job is only the beginning. And we deserve it.

June 17, 2020 – This editorial is brought to you by Kyle S. Reyes, the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today.

ATLANTA, GA – On Thursday night, the Atlanta Police Department was quick to downplay “rumors” that cops had walked off the job.

Anyone in law enforcement – or anyone with friends in law enforcement – knew that the denial was a load of crap.  But talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place, right?

Option 1) Lie to everyone and hope that criminals are too dumb to realize the truth… that the city has fallen.

Option 2) Tell the truth and watch the terror begin.

The reports came in fast and furious.  Cops all over the city suddenly fell ill.  Dispatchers couldn’t come into work.  Officers refused to go out on calls to anything other than an officer in trouble.

Police departments in nearby communities refused to send their officers in.

Has the day of reckoning finally arrived?

Is the “Blue Flu” about to become the most deadly pandemic America will ever face?

First – quick backstory on what lead to all of this.  I’m going to sum it up – but if you want all of the details, you can read them here.

A criminal who “allegedly” abuses children (among a litany of other crimes) who should be in jail gets trashed – falls asleep behind the wheel of the car.

At a Wendy’s drive-thru.

Police arrive.  Friendly conversation.  Criminal fails sobriety test and breathalyzer.

Cops go to arrest him.  Criminal fights.  Steals Taser from cop.  Runs.  Turns and points Taser at cop, who has to make split-second decision.  In a split second, the cop doesn’t have time to process whether it’s the Taser or a gun.  Cop shoots criminal.

Criminal dies.  

Social justice warriors on social media who were apparently medical experts last month and Constitutional scholars the month before engage in virtue-signaling.  Burn down Wendy’s.  Because, you know, that’ll bring the dead criminal back.

Flash forward.  District attorney holds a press conference.  Lies.  Lies again.  Then says the cops are going to be arrested and one of them will be charged with a whole bunch of felonies. He could face life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

The death penalty.  Let that sink in for a minute.

Oh yeah, that DA is up for reelection and isn’t doing so hot, so some people suggest he’s pandering for votes.  Shocker.

Oh yeah, and he’s also under investigation for “allegedly” doing some really bad stuff.

Oh yeah, and just last week, some cops were fired for using a Taser on some entitled college students who thought the rules didn’t apply to them, and social justice warriors and the DA were talking about how a Taser can be a deadly weapon.  Except in the hands of a criminal, apparently.

I’m done.  Atlanta police officers are done.  Cops across the country are done.

Because here’s the thing, America – a significant number of you are absolutely, completely, entirely full of shit.

Yup.  I’m going there.

Three weeks ago, you had signs in your windows.  “We love you first responders!”

What’s the deal – were you just bored?  You just needed to pass the time?  Or was the paper not big enough to sign at the bottom:

Sincerely,

Hypocrites

In a split second, you’ve caved.  You’ve sold your souls.

These men and women put on a uniform every single day and go into harm’s way – not knowing for sure that they’ll ever see their own families again.  They’ve asked nothing of you.

You could have given them the greatest gift – love and support.  But instead, you’ve chosen to be sheep.

You’ve been duped, America.

A month ago, if you wanted to protest and demand that you be allowed to work again, you would have done so under the threat of arrest by Democrats.

But if you wanted to riot and throw bricks at the heads of police officers, that’s apparently perfectly acceptable.

And the very people keeping you and your family safe through all of this… are the ones under attack.  As are the people who support them.

I’m embarrassed by what’s happening in this country.  I’m sickened by how quickly the country has turned on the people who keep them safe.

And I’m terrified for what the next couple of months have in store.

None of this is about George Floyd or Rayshard Brooks.

It’s about 90 days of quarantine.  Nearly three years of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

More riots will happen.  Violence will escalate.  And you’ll be screaming “how dare cops walk off the job”… having quickly forgotten that you were just screaming that we defund and abolish them.

This isn’t a damn video game.  It’s not a sci-fi movie.  This is life and death.  This is your family.  This is our country.  Get your shit together, America – before it’s too late.

The collapse of law enforcement will usher in the end of America as we know it

I, [name], do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Mortality.

It’s something that you don’t really consider when you’re young.  You can do anything.  You’re invincible.

But as we grow older, we start considering that mortality. 

It’s time we start considering the mortality of America.

I spend a substantial amount of time working in two different arenas – the world of law enforcement and the business world.

By day, I run a marketing agency. Among the areas we work in, we do extensive work in the firearms industry.  My travels take me across the country – often to some of the most rural parts of America.

By night, I am the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today.  I’m not a police officer.  I was tapped because I can do one thing cops can’t do.  I can give them a voice.  I can run my mouth and no agency can fire me.

That travel that I referenced – both in the business world and supporting the LE world – has afforded me countless opportunities to work side by side with some of the greatest patriots in America. 

My closest friends are either in law enforcement or either active or retired members of some of the most elite military forces in America.  And from our greatest warriors to our everyday citizens… I can tell you the underlying fear that so many are thinking about – and that’s the seemingly inevitable collapse of society if we don’t make some monumental changes.

As a Christian, I believe we are in the middle of some serious spiritual warfare.  But you don’t have to be a Christian to understand that the very soul of America is under attack right now.  And the rapid erosion of the Thin Blue Line has us sitting on a powder keg.

Historically, if you look at the collapse of some of the greatest empires in the world, it happened from within.  Simply put, it raises the distinct danger that America won’t be conquered by foreign enemies … but rather from domestic ones.

When historians say that an empire fell, it means that the central state no longer exercised its broad power.  That happens either because the state itself ceased to exist or because the state’s power was reduced as parts of the empire became independent of its control.

It typically doesn’t happen because of a single cause, but rather a long process.  The main factors that historically lead to imperial collapse are:

  • Economic issues
  • Social and cultural issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Political issues

Now none of these factors are causes in and of themselves, but rather are ways to categorize causes.

What that means is you wouldn’t make a determination that Rome fell because of politics, but rather you’d explore political factors to understand the collapse.  And in those issues are warning signs for us as Americans.

That brings me to the threat we face today.

Have you ever heard of something called the Cloward-Piven strategy? It’s not exactly something the mainstream media talks about… but it’s something you need to be aware of, because it’s what we’re facing in America today.

American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven created the political strategy in 1966.  The idea behind it is to overload the U.S. public welfare system to create a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a socialist system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”.

If that doesn’t describe what we’re seeing from Democrats who are running for POTUS right now, I don’t know what does.  But it’s a much bigger threat than you might realize.  That’s because it’s so incredibly pervasive.  It’s poisoning the very roots of America.

And it calls to mind the words of Jefferson:

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”

We are seeing groups here in America demanding open borders.  Demanding the decriminalization of crossing into our country illegally.

At the same time, across our great country, we are seeing the CRIMINALIZATION of law enforcement.  It’s gotten so bad in states like the People’s Republic of California and Connecticut that we’re seeing the crash and burn of morale in law enforcement. 

We’re seeing agencies desperate for officers, because as more and more retire (or count down the minutes to retirement), we see a deficit in the number of incoming recruits.  After all, why would you want to live a life of service when you’re just going to be attacked for that service?

We see political activists masquerading as police chiefs.  We see them working hand in hand with liberal politicians to not only attack the rights of law-abiding citizens, but also to destroy the morale of their own departments. We watch as they flat out disrespect the oath of office they took and put officers in no-win situations.

If I were to design a road map for how to collapse America, starting with law enforcement, here’s what it would look like.

Step one: Divide the protectors.

The refusal to allow rank and file patrol officers to cooperate with federal law enforcement to uphold the law.  It’s a slap in the face to Americans and it’s a dereliction of duty. It’s also a clear and intentional move to create a divide between local, state and federal law enforcement.  Divide the protectors… conquer a society. 

Step two: Divide the supporters.

Force officers to choose between enforcing unconstitutional legislation like Red Flag laws, which deny citizens of their right to due process… and providing for their own family.

Make cops the bad guys.  Take the people who have historically supported law enforcement and convince them that cops are now the enemy.  Divide the supporters… conquer a society.

Step three: Remove their protection

Make cops afraid to be cops.  Encourage disrespect on them like water bucket attacks.  Don’t go after the criminals who attack them.  When officers arrest criminals, let them back out on the street within hours because a liberal judge determined that the violent suspect with a lengthy criminal history isn’t actually a threat.  Then threaten law enforcement officers that if they do their job, they’ll be investigated.  That if they have to fight for their lives, they’ll end up being charged.  Remove both their desire and their ability to police.

Step four: Flood America  

By some estimates, one million people will make illegal entry into America this year.

There are fewer than 850,000 law enforcement officers in America.  Do the math.

Now let criminals create havoc in society but instead of deporting them or actually cracking down on crime, let Americans know that the real problem is guns owned by law abiding citizens and pass legislation to take away their rights.

Step five: Destroy our homes

Own the media.  Own Hollywood.  Force feed Anti-American, socialist and communist policies into our homes and our education system.  Convince our children that right is wrong and wrong is right.  Take God out of society, destroy the family structure and teach everyone that the solution to your problems is in the form of pills, porn and the government.

Step Six: Bypass Congress for gun control 

Have “private businesses” like Dicks and Walmart determine what you can and can’t buy.  Allow Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn and snap determine what you can see and what you can say… because it’s not a violation of the 1st Amendment if it’s done by private enterprise.

Step Seven: Use “social justice” to vilify love of country 

Take every patriotic American who wants to see a better country for their children and call them a racist, etc. if you don’t agree with them.  Then mass report them on social media to make sure their accounts are cancelled and their voices are shut down. 

Then say you think they’re a threat and have a judge determine that combat veterans and our nation’s greatest warriors need to be disarmed because of post-traumatic stress.  Then force officers to go to war with their own brothers and sisters.

The Collapse

It’s happening right in front of our eyes.  And it’s starting with a full onslaught against our law enforcement officers in every way, shape and form.

Want to save America?  We need to start by understanding the enemy.  And sometimes the biggest threat that an empire faces is the enemy within.

In case you missed it… here’s a letter from the founder of Law Enforcement Today on what you need to know… and how LET is fighting back.

Dear America:

When I founded Law Enforcement Today, I did it during a time where freedom of speech still existed. 

A time when the ability to market and advertise your company wasn’t infringed by bigger companies that control the media space and decide who does and doesn’t get a voice based on their own political perspectives.

Sadly, that time has come to an end.  Which is why our family at Law Enforcement Today has no choice but to step forward to fill that void and begin advocating for people and companies that are being actively silenced.

We’ve received word from some of our partners in the firearms and tactical industry that Google is actively shutting down advertising accounts of companies in the firearms accessories and tactical space.

Let’s be clear – we’re not talking about companies selling guns.

One such company, for example, is Inforce.  They make weapon mounted lights that are used by departments like the FBI, NYPD, LAPD, Boston PD, CBP and others.  Widely recognized as being both an LE and a consumer brand that helps make people safer… they are now shut down by Google.

They are a company spending six figures on advertising their products to consumers on the search engine, and now they’ve been shut down.

Here’s the message they received:

“Google, despite our ads having run without issue, now insists that weapon-mounted lights do not fall into the “increasing safety” clause of their violent content policy, therefore they cannot approve our ads. This is regardless of the ad copy wording because the landing page contains policy-violating content (the weapon-mounted light products).  Google is having to crack down on what qualifies as a ‘safety-enhancing’ accessory as a result of the backlash they have received following recent shootings in the US.”

Bing, another search engine, also shut down the ad account because the flashlights have “a line related to weapons.”

Please understand that we’re using Inforce as just one example of our many partners who have come to us about this attack in the recent weeks since the Dayton and San Antonio shootings.

Inforce, like many other partners of ours, moved to Google advertising after their ad account was shut down on Facebook and Instagram.  Although the platforms explicitly allow for the “advertising of weapon-mounted lights”, they still shut down the ad accounts as they move to remove all firearms and tactical related advertising from their platforms.

Think about this for a minute.  Where do you do your searching for products and brands? If you’re like most Americans, it’s Google, Facebook and Instagram.

When the three biggest platforms decide it’s time to attack the industry and the Second Amendment, it has the potential to be catastrophic.  It’s, in effect, gun control through censorship.  And it’s an attack that’s going to continue to spread.

We at Law Enforcement Today want to make our stance very clear. 

We strongly and firmly stand behind the Second Amendment, companies that keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe through products and innovation, and the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country.

We are launching a new series of options to help our partners and other patriotic businesses to be able to connect with consumers. While we can’t replace Google, Bing or Facebook – we sure can provide options to ensure that these companies and our brothers and sisters have a voice.

We welcome with open arms companies in the firearms and tactical industries and are proud to offer them options to get their products to market.  We’re also proud to stand beside organizations like NSSF, which runs SHOT Show, along with the Anteris Alliance, to make sure that the companies they represent have a massive voice.

Now to the consumer side of things.

We started noticing the problems a couple of years ago.  Social media was scaling back the reach of content that it didn’t believe people should see.

Not that there was anything offensive about it.  We’re talking about pro-police videos, stories about patriotic Americans and more. 

And from our perspective, that created a huge problem.  We have some of the greatest warriors in the world.  Yet their voices and their stories were being buried.

The mainstream media, on the rare occasion that it would tell some of these stories, would give you only a piece of them.  They’d cram as much as they could into a 90 second segment, slap their bias on it and that was it.

We needed to fix it. And so we are.

Law Enforcement Today (LET) is proud to announce the beta launch of LET Unity – a new home focused on bridging the gap between civilians and civil servants.  We’ve merged with The Whiskey Patriots to massively expand content, rolling out hundreds of videos to members.

 Many of those in our focus groups dubbed it the “Netflix of the law enforcement community”.  But the truth is, it’s so much more.

The first officer in the door at the Pulse nightclub shooting. 

Report: Atlanta police officers are fleeing the city in mass numbers - 'the city doesn't care about us'

Emergency responders from the Parkland shooting. 

Report: Atlanta police officers are fleeing the city in mass numbers - 'the city doesn't care about us'

The bomb squad that responded to the Aurora movie theater massacre. 

Report: Atlanta police officers are fleeing the city in mass numbers - 'the city doesn't care about us'

Survivors of the Dallas five killings.

Report: Atlanta police officers are fleeing the city in mass numbers - 'the city doesn't care about us'

The first Marine Guard hostage in the Iran crisis. 

Report: Atlanta police officers are fleeing the city in mass numbers - 'the city doesn't care about us'

The CIA agent who started a counter human trafficking company. 

Report: Atlanta police officers are fleeing the city in mass numbers - 'the city doesn't care about us'

SWAT teams. 

Report: Atlanta police officers are fleeing the city in mass numbers - 'the city doesn't care about us'

Sniper schools. 

Report: Atlanta police officers are fleeing the city in mass numbers - 'the city doesn't care about us'

World War II veterans.

Report: Atlanta police officers are fleeing the city in mass numbers - 'the city doesn't care about us'

And so, so much more.

The membership is less than the cost of two coffees a month, and those who sign up for an annual membership will get some surprise bonuses in the mail.  We decided to charge a nominal fee so we could take all of the proceeds and reinvest them into capturing more of these stories.

On top of that, we’re opening up the platform to some well-known podcasters who are going to be joining the team with some incredible content soon.

We have a problem in society.  Censorship has created an existential threat to democracy.  But even worse is the risk we run that some of these incredible stories of patriotism, hope, faith and our Sheepdogs would be lost.

We’ll soon be launching a series of content with Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) to share the stories of survivors.  We will also be dropping a weekly law enforcement focused newscast that addresses some of the most important topics in the country… and helps bridge the gap between those who serve and those whom they serve.

On top of that, we’ll soon be rolling out a series of private discounts and special promotions to members only as a “thank you” for being a part of the family.

The beta platform is live and the apps for Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku will be launching soon. 

We hope you’ll join us in this journey, knowing that your membership is going to give a voice to those who have been silenced for so long.

Click here to sign up. 

If you are one of the many companies out there that’s being censored – or you’re worried about what’s to come – don’t hesitate to reach out today.  I can be reached at media@lawenforcementtoday.com.

We will not be silenced.  You shouldn’t be either.

God bless you all, and God bless America.

Sincerely,

Captain Robert Greenberg

Founder, Law Enforcement Today

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