Ah, the south. Without it, we wouldn’t have NASCAR, Chic-Fil-A, cajun and creole cooking, Kentucky bourbon, Walmart parking lot revivals, Gospel music, monster trucks, Hee Haw, the SEC and the Georgia Bulldogs (or “Dawgs” as they say), country music, that banjo kid from Deliverance, yada yada yada …
In our last post, we talked about all of those woke and enlightened, highfalutin, college educated Democrat swells in charge of every major city cesspool in the U.S. and District of Columbia who will or have defunded the police. Well, we meant no disrepect by leaving out our southern friends in the great city of Atlanta, GA, and the Democrat brain trust that runs that little gem of the south.
According to a story in the Conservative Review, members of the Atlanta city council proposed spending $1.6 million to hire a private security force specifically to protect the affluent Buckhead neighborhood amid a rise in gun violence, despite calls to “defund” the Atlanta police department.
Following a shooting near a Buckhead mall that left a 7-year-old girl dead, Atlanta city leaders have been looking for a way to handle the city’s growing gun violence problem and, despite calling to defund the police earlier in the year, now want to splash out on a private security force to protect the city’s wealthier residents.
The city council has a full plan specifically for Buckhead, per a “Buckhead Security Plan” slide deck made available on Monday. Objectives of the plan include, “Funding and establishing a supplementary, multi-car dedicated security patrol utilizing off-duty sworn officers of APD, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, and Georgia State Patrol. The supplementary patrol will be for exclusive use within Buckhead commercial corridors and will be managed by the Zone 2 Commander at APD to augment on-duty APD patrol (NT).”
Atlanta’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, who was once a front-runner to become Joe Biden’s Vice President, is perplexed at the growing gun violence problem in her fair city. And she has absolutely no idea as to why police morale is so low, with many retiring or quiting. Her statements appear to have been directly responsible for a major decline in the police department’s overall morale and an associated “sick-out” that saw some officers walk off the job over the city’s decision to charge officer Garrett Rolfe with felony murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.
Atlanta’s city council voted against “defunding the police,” per local media, but Mayor Bottoms noted, over the summer, that city authorities could soon begin the process of rerouting funds destined for law enforcement initiatives to other “community-focused efforts”, whatever the hell that means.
Btw, trivia fans, the Georgia state motto is “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation”. Let that marinate under your cranium for a bit.