Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms blamed the current rapid rise in crime in her town ahead of the Republican governor’s inauguration. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp dismissed the claims and told Bottoms to look into his party’s “anti-police agenda” for the surge in violent crime.
Homicides in Atlanta are up 58% compared to 2020, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, stating that there will be 157 homicides among the “historic deaths in 2020,” the most in more than two decades. In June, homicides and shootings reached 40%. All while the Atlanta police force “remains more than 400 officers below its permissible level.” There will be 200 police officers who will retire from the force by 2020, and another 75 police officers will remain from the start of the year.
On Friday, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle asked Bottoms about the rapid rise in crime, which the Atlanta mayor once called a “COVID crime wave.”
“Keep in mind that in Georgia we opened before the rest of the country, even before the CDC said we were safe to open, so our night clubs and our bars stay open so we have people traveling here from all over the country to party in our town, ”below replied.
The bottoms then seemed to contradict itself in his next statement, in which he said violent crime was in towns across the country, including Democrat -controlled states that just opened this month.
“If it’s an issue in Atlanta I know there’s something we’re not right but I’ve talked to mayors and heard from mayors of cities and big cities, we’ve all experienced this which means we all must work together to find a solution to this gun violence that is gripping our country, ”Bottoms told Ruhle.- READ MORE
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