11Alive received numerous calls and advice from viewers about the rumors, but police said they were not accurate.
ATLANTA – Atlanta Police are responding to rumors of officers leaving the department on Wednesday night.
Atlanta Police spokesperson Sgt. John Chafee told 11Alive that suggestions that several officers from each of the areas in the department had quit their jobs were “inaccurate.”
“However,” said Chafee, “the department is experiencing a higher than usual number of calls with the quarterback coming in.”
He added that the department has “sufficient resources” to be able to respond to incidents throughout the city and maintain regular operations. 11Alive asked for details on the number of officers who called, but APD only responded with the same statement.
We have also contacted surrounding agencies to see if they have been asked to help the ministry. A spokesperson for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said they “didn’t have any details” and would defer to the DPA, but they noted they were in a “mutual situation” with the department since May 29, the first weekend of demonstrations in Atlanta. A spokesperson for the Clayton County Police Department said they had not been contacted by the DPA, but “would not leave our public safety partners without assistance.”
The DPA statement comes as rumors grow online about reports of agents leaving certain areas and agents not responding to the radio. 11Alive also received numerous calls and advice from viewers about the rumors, but police said they were not accurate. We also asked police union representatives Vince Champion and Jason Segura to comment on the issue.
NBC News producer Charlie Gile tweeted that Champion had commented on the allegations.
Live photojournalist Tyson Paul reported seeing APD cars parked at the back of the Zone 3 compound near Grant Park, but also noted that numerous vehicles from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office were also present .
Our photojournalist said neighbors told him they saw several officers come out earlier in the evening with bags and boxes. He also took a video of the officers setting up barricades near the compound, although it is not clear why.
Later that evening on Wednesday, demonstrators gathered in the compound.
The allegations come just hours after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced the dismissal of Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe on murder charges and several other charges related to the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, who was killed during an encounter with police at a restaurant in Wendy’s. University Avenue Friday night.
Investigators said Brooks slept while driving his car in the restaurant’s drive-thru. After the more than 40-minute conversation with Rolfe and his colleague Devin Brosnan – in which Brooks failed a field field sobriety test – a fight between Brooks and the officers broke out.
Officials said Brooks was able to fight one of the officer’s tasers and shoot it at the Atlanta cops as he fled. As he continued to run, officials said Rolfe fired his gun at Brooks, hitting him twice in the back.
Rolfe was fired from the department soon after, and Brosnan was put on administrative duty. Bronsnan now faces three counts in connection with the case, including aggravated assault to stand on Brooks’ shoulder and violating the oath of office.
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