Atlanta city council members fund private police force, blast mayor’s handling of crime surge

Atlanta city council members fund private police force, blast mayor's handling of crime surge

The shooting death of a 7-year-old girl has prompted an alliance between police, politicians and businesses who are ramping up calls to establish a private security force to supplement the Atlanta Police Department.

그만큼 $ 1.62 million plan will address crime in the Buckhead neighborhood of 애틀랜타.

City Council members Howard Shook, J.P. Matzigkeit and Matt Westmoreland plan to allocate $ 125,000 of their municipal funds to the Buckhead Security Plan, a proposal for a private police force in the business district.

The Atlanta Police Foundation, the Atlanta Police Department and even members of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ administration, along with other community groups, backed the plan.

Kennedie Maxie, 7, was struck by a stray bullet that passed through a car she was a passenger in on Dec. 21 after she had just finished Christmas shopping with her mother and aunt. Maxie was in critical condition before succumbing to her injuries on Saturday.

Maxie’s death was the 155th homicide this year in the city, 에 비해 99 in all of 2019. The homicide followed several other recent acts of violence, prompting a public outcry that city officials are not acting forcefully enough to rein in crime, 에 따르면 Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


The new plan calls for a wider net of security cameras and license plate readers in the popular commercial district, along with crackdowns on drag racing andparty houses.Besides putting more private officers on the streets, it would re-examine existing policies and procedures for changes.

The force would operate asa coordinated security patrol consisting of extra-duty officers from the Atlanta Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia State Patrol, and private security firms, within the commercial and residential areas of Buckhead.

The Buckhead Coalition and the Atlanta Police Foundation are asking for private donations for the measure.

Council members have rebuked the mayor in particular for her handling of the surge in crime.

“이 문제를 해결하는 데 많은 시간이 걸립니다.. 하지만 여기는, 내림차순으로, 우리가 시작해야 할 세 가지: 1). 지도; 2). 일부 리더십; 3). Any leadership,” Shook said in a statement after Maxie’s death.

I don’t want to hear the word ‘uptick.’ Stop minimizing our concerns by telling us that ‘crime is up everywhere,’” reads Shook’s statement. Bottoms has used similar language when discussing crime in recent press conferences.

“우리 장교들의 꾸준한 유출이 나쁘지 않다는 거짓말에서 우리를 구하십시오,” Shook’s statement continued. “그리고 제발, not another throw-away press conference utterly devoid of game-changing action steps.

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We would like to see more focus from the administration, and really from the mayor, on taking a leadership role,” Matzigkeit said. “She hasn’t focused as much attention on crime as she has on other issues.

Amidst calls to defund police over the summer, Bottoms said defunding the police was a matter ofreallocating fundswhich she said her city wasahead of the curve” 의 위에.

The intent of this movement as best as I can assess really is about reallocating funds for social services and support and community enhancement initiatives,” the mayor said at the time.

We are ahead of the curve in Atlanta because we are already reallocating our public safety (funds), we are already moving 60 percent roughly out of our corrections budget into that very specific area. So in some areas people are calling it defunding the police, in Atlanta we’ve been doing this work over the past couple of years,” 그녀는 설명했다.

As fundraising continues, additional police patrols will hit the streets beginning in January, according to Jim Durrett, who leads the Buckhead Coalition and the Buckhead Community Improvement District.

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This has been such a terrible disruption to everybody’s lives,” Durrett said. “It’s hard to tackle other things when one is fearing for one’s own safety. It seems that this is the most important thing to be paying attention to right now.

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