Atlanta Police Department denies rumors of officer walkouts

Interim Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant speaks to the Associated Press on Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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UPDATED 12:40 PM PT — Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Atlanta Police Department has refuted rumors regarding officers walking out on the job, but admitted to a higher number of call outs. Reports of protests came after two ex-officers were charged Wednesday in the death of Rayshard Brooks, just five days after his death.

Though there has been an increase in call outs, the department reassured they still have enough resources to keep the city safe.

Brooks’ death prompted the resignation of Police Chief Erika Shields last week.

“How we behaved as an agency, as individuals, was unacceptable,” she said. “I know we caused further fear to you in a space that’s already so fearful for so many African Americans and I’m genuinely sorry.”

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard has stated his office deemed Brooks not a threat at the time of his death. The felony murder charge former Officer Garrett Rolfe is facing carries a life sentence in prison or the death penalty.

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