Vince Champion, the southeast regional director of the International Brotherhood of Police, acknowledged that the firing and criminal charging of Officer Garrett Rolfe had had a devastating impact upon the morale of Atlanta Police Officers in an interview on Thursday.
Champion who is the leader of the union that represents Atlanta’s police, described the series of events as “the worst day in law enforcement in the city of Atlanta that’s ever been.”
Reports indicate that hundreds of Atlanta Police Officers had walked off the job after Fulton County Prosecutor Paul Howard filed criminal charges against Rolfe in the shooting of Rayshard Brooks. Rolfe shot and killed the repeat felon when he resisted arrest for driving under the influence, when Brooks stole an officer’s taser and attempted to use it against two law enforcement officers.
Several entire police precincts were left unstaffed as officers declined their duties in protest of the prosecutor’s decision. Hundreds of police calls were left unanswered.
In the interview with Fox 5 Atlanta, Champion rejected the basis for criminal charges on the video of the shooting. “I’m not going to make an assumption based on a video that I don’t know anything about,” said the police union leader. “I’ve been a cop for 30 years. We go with the evidence leads us. Looking at videos and not knowing the whole thing, I don’t have an opinion.”
Rolfe turned himself in on Thursday. The fired Atlanta police officer could face the death penalty, should he be convicted of first-degree murder charges in the death of Brooks.
Rival Candidate Spreads Fake News Attacks Against Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther
Shelley Luther, the candidate for Texas’ Senate District 30, is beginning to face heat from her rivals in the Senate seat’s special election.
One of her opponents, Drew Springer, the State Representative for Texas’s 68th District, called her out for supposed hypocrisy on the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
On Facebook he commented, “Shelley Luther sang a different tune about forced COVID-19 shutdowns before she realized she could use it for her political benefit.
While she thought her record could be deleted from Facebook, there was only so long she could hide. #ShutdownShelley”
Springer referred to a comment Luther made on March 16 where she said “Just my opinion. If some major cities are closing down building where large gatherings occur, then EVERY city should. The problem will not fix if some people are out and about.”
However, several users commenting on Springer’s Facebook post were quick to point out some nuances in Luther’s comments.
The main gist of their comments was that Luther said that it didn’t make any sense for a few venues to remain open and others not be closed. In essence, she was calling for policy consistency, not for selective enforcement of lockdowns.
Luther made a name for herself earlier this year when she resisted the city of Dallas’ shutdown order and continued operating her business in defiance of this ordinance.
She would later face jail time for her refusal to comply but would later be pardoned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Luther has received endorsements from organizations such as Texas Gun Rights PAC for her staunch liberty activism and commitment to American principles such as the Second Amendment.
The Dallas salon owner is one of the more high-profile state level candidates running for office and has become a national figure of resistance against the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
A Luther victory would represent a major win for Texas conservatives who have been disappointed with the legislative body’s performance over the years.
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