"Higher than usual number" of Atlanta police call in sick following felony charge of officer who shot Rayshard Brooks

by Jordyn Pair · Jun 18th, 2020 1:49 pm

An unclear number of Atlanta police officers have called in sick after a fired officer was charged with a felony murder for shooting a man in the back last Friday.

The Atlanta Police Department said it was experiencing a "higher than usual number" of call-ins, but maintained it was still well-staffed.

The call-ins follow former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe being charged with 11 counts, including felony murder, in the death of Rayshard Brooks.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said that other law enforcement in the area would help the city if needed.

"We do have enough officers to cover us through the night," Bottoms told CNN Wednesday. "Our streets won't be any less safe because of the number of officers who called out."

As of Monday, eight police officers have resigned from the Atlanta Police Department since June 1, according to the department.

The department said on Thursday that it is still "able to respond effectively" to calls.


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