(Liberty Bell) – Atlanta’s police officers have expressed their outrage, quite justly, at the anti-police rhetoric they’ve been subject to in the wake of the death of Rayshard Brooks, who was killed by one of their fellow officers last weekend after the intoxicated man stole a Taser and attempted to shoot officer Garrett Rolfe.
Rolfe has now been charged for Brooks’ death, a move which police officers and their allies across the nation found appalling as they consider Rolfe to have acted justly as he was being fired on with his own stolen Taser by the reckless Brooks.
Atlanta police officers have been calling in sick in a massive case of the “blue flu” as a result.
Now, however, the Atlanta Police Foundation has stepped up in an effort to boost morale, giving every officer in the Atlanta Police Department a $500 check, which amounts to roughly $2 million.
The Daily Wire reports:
The foundation announced the donation to each individual officer on Thursday, saying that the one-time payment was to thank police officers for working through the coronavirus pandemic and putting in overtime during recent protests and riots, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.
“In an effort to stem attrition and boost morale, we issued a $500 bonus to each Atlanta Police Department officer,” the Atlanta Police Foundation said in a Thursday statement.
In addition to the checks, the foundation will also feed officers working 12-hour shifts and replace at least 20 police vehicles that were damaged or destroyed by rioters. Experts working with the charity are creating a police reform proposal to present to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
“The plan will reflect the ideas of a broad array of law enforcement, business, social justice, and community experts. It will identify standards of operational excellence and reflect best practices from successful public safety programs across the nation, including some of our own work in Atlanta,” the foundation said.
This huge gift came just one day after dozens of police officers called in sick or walked off the job after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard filed charges against Rolfe.
The DA also brought three charges against Rolfe’s partner, Devin Bronson, who has been placed on administrative leave.
Last week, Brooks was found passed out in his car in a Wendy’s drive-thru. The officers responded to the call and issued Brooks a sobriety test and a breathalyzer, which determined he was over the legal limit, according to body cam footage.
The officers then attempted to take Brooks into custody, but he began to resist, wrestling a Taser away from one of the officers and fleeing several steps before turning the taser around on Rolfe, who fired on Brooks, killing him.
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