As we reported earlier, a ‘Blue Flu Pandemic’ swept through the Atlanta Police Department just hours after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard egregiously announced that the police officer who regrettably, but rightfully shot Rayshard Brooks last week had been charged with felony murder.
Wednesday night, Atlanta Democrat Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms responded to the Blue Flu Pandemic when she made an appearance on CNN’s Primetime.
Bottoms Told CNN host Chris ‘Fredo’ Cuomo:
“Across the country, morale is down with police departments, and I think ours is down ten-fold. This has been a very tough few weeks in Atlanta, 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 our police officers are receiving the brunt of it quite frankly,”
“What I will say is this, my administration’s had a great working relationship with our officers. 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 they could afford to live in the city of Atlanta, so that they would not be resentful about policing our streets, so that we could have the best to choose from on our force.”
“And so what I would say is, in the same way our administration’s made that commitment to our officers, we expect our officers will keep their commitment to our communities.”
Of course, Bottoms’ revisionist history as to why Atlanta Police officers received pay hikes of up to 30 percent in 2018.
Bottom’s told Fredo that the raise was so Atlanta Police Officers: “wouldn’t have to work three jobs and be fatigued,” which is true up to a point.
The part Bottoms skipped over was the fact that for years, the Atlanta Police officers salaries had been far behind other cities in police pay. The minuscule pay led to high resignation rates and difficulties in recruiting new officers, said Police Chief Erika Shields.
The starting salary for an Atlanta Police Officer, before the 2018 pay increase, was an absurdly low $29,000 a year.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Shows She’s Just Another Hypocrite Democrat
When asked by Cuomo how many officers were calling out in this “apparent revolt,” Bottoms responded:
“Well, we don’t have a count yet because we were in the midst of a shift change, but what I do know is that we do have enough officers to cover us through the night.
Our streets won’t be any less safe because of the number of officers who called out.
But it’s just my hope again that our officers will remember the commitment that they made when they held up their hand and they were sworn in as police officers.”
"We do have enough officers to cover us through the night," says Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms amid reports officers are calling in sick.
"Our streets won't be any less safe because of the number of officers who called out," she adds. "…We will be fine." pic.twitter.com/3X8Q4tglPb
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) June 18, 2020
Did Atlanta Democrat Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms actually have the audacity to say she hoped Officers would uphold the oath that they swore to?
I assume when she was sputtering out this stupidity the ‘do as I say, not as I do‘ Democrat Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms must have completely forgotten that she also swore an oath when she became Mayor of Atlanta.
Part of the oath that Bottoms spoke when she was sworn in as Atlanta’s Mayor clearly states:
“I will support and defend the Constitutions of the State of Georgia and the United States of America.”
Maybe, she should re-read the United States Constitution again since she declared Atlanta as a sanctuary city, ordering the Police Department when they had an illegal alien in custody not to cooperate with anyone from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Just last week not only did Mayor Bottoms allow rioting and violence to sweep across Atlanta for days on end. But as we reported in January, Bottoms issued a Zero-Chase Policy forbidding Police officers to chase Criminals in their patrol cars even if they had just witnessed the crime.
But hysterically, according to Bottoms’ new police procedure, Atlanta Police Officers were free to call the Georgia State Police and ask them to chase the suspects for them.