Plans its own police force amid 80% surge in murders citywide
Amid a citywide spike in murders of 80%, Atlanta’s richest neighborhood is moving to secede and set up its own police force.
Residents of the neighborhood of Buckhead have established the Buckhead Exploratory Committee to break away as crime across all categories surges in the wake of 200 officers leaving the Atlanta police force after the shooting death of a black man by a white officer in June, reported DailyMail.com
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Home surveillance footage in Buckhead, dubbed the “Beverly Hills of the South,” in recent months has captured a man running to reach the safety of his house as a car pulled up with a man brandishing a rifle. One woman was thrown to the ground on her driveway and held at gunpoint as robbers took her purse and cellphone. A 7-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed during a Christmas shopping trip with her family.
In December, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms admitted she doesn’t know how to stop the wave of violence and is “open to suggestions.”
Atlanta Police Department crime data shows robberies increased 40% from Jan. 1 to Feb. 20 compared to the same period last year in zone two, which includes Buckhead. Aggravated assaults rose 35%, auto theft 63% and larceny from auto theft 32%.
The Buckhead Exploratory Committee told the Wall Street Journal residents want to create their own police force because they are “genuinely concerned for their safety and the safety of their family members.”
“Residents must be wary and ‘on guard’ continuously, even when doing routine tasks like going to the gas station, nearby shopping mall, shopping at the grocery store or just pulling into their driveways, mindful if anyone is lurking in the bushes,” the committee said.
Across the nation, homicides rose in 29 of 34 cities surveyed in the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice report. Homicide rates were up 30% in 2020 compared to 2019 as an additional 1,268 people were murdered.