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Thursday, May 06, 2021

Mayor of Atlanta won't run again!

This is a bit of a shocker, or is it. I could criticize her response especially to the unrest that occurred in her city in the wake of George Floyd's death and Rayshard Brooks. It was noted that crime rate has risen there in Atlanta, Georgia during the past year. So either day I could criticize her, but she's had a rough year and there is an election coming up this year for mayor.

I see some tweets reaction and many of them follow Anthony Brian Logan and they seem very happy. What's noted in the above article was the possibility that she might seek a private sector job - perhaps as a *gasp* lobbyist. It was noted her political capital led to consideration for her to be Joe Biden's running mate last year. I feel as if many politicians in light of the difficult past year might just decide they want to hang it up. Perhaps Lightfoot here in Chicago is next...

BTW, related somewhat the officer involved in the shooting death of the aforementioned Brooks has been reinstated his firing reversed. I'm sharing this CNN article on this fair warning if you expect a slant.
Garrett Rolfe, the former Atlanta police officer charged in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot, was wrongly terminated, the Atlanta Civil Service Board has ruled.

"We are very excited that the Civil Board says that due process matters," Lance LoRusso, attorney for Garrett Rolfe, told CNN in a statement. He added that Rolfe's reinstatement will likely take some time, but he intended to get his client back to work.

The Atlanta Police Department, in a statement, said: "It is important to note that the CSB did not make a determination as to whether officer Rolfe violated Atlanta Police Department policies. In light of the CSB's rulings, APD will conduct an assessment to determine if additional investigative actions are needed."

The APD said the decision merely said the firing process was "not done in accordance with the Atlanta City Code."

The mayor's office echoed the APD's statement, saying the firing was reversed because it was not in line with city code and that no determination was made on whether Rolfe violated department policy.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, in a statement, said: "Given the volatile state of our city and nation last summer, the decision to terminate this officer, after he fatally shot Mr. Brooks in the back, was the right thing to do."

Meanwhile onwards and forwards... 

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