Office Garrett Rolfe of the Atlanta Police Department is now facing murder charges for the central role that he played in the death of a young man named Rayshard Brooks. Reports started to trickle in last night about Atlanta officers who were refusing to come to work because Officer Rolfe is being held responsible for his actions.
Now, the officers are standing up for themselves by providing audio clips from their dispatchers. They were using “Code 12” as a means of letting them know that there was no one on hand to send the calls in. The department is now trying their best to walk things back a bit. Officers did not storm off the job.
The department was merely experiencing a higher volume of call offs than usual. That’s why they are claiming that the reports were overblown. There were still enough officers on hand to respond to the incidents that were being reported. These are the sorts of stories that make us wonder who is telling the truth and who is not.
The liberals could have been using this as an excuse to demonize the cops, making it look like they were refusing to report to work because they are not allowed to murder unarmed black citizens anymore. That’s been the narrative that they are running with in a number of instances. It sounds good to their ears and so they will say anything that they have to, just to keep it alive.
Of course, the Atlanta Police Department has their own reasons to lie about what is taking place, too. They do not want people to think that they have racist officers who would refuse to come to work if one of their own is being held accountable. Any police department in America is also going to want to avoid being deprived of future funding.
That’s why a massive walk off like this one would probably not take place unless the department was ready to have their funding yanked away from them. The Buffalo police department already issued their backtracking statement about the real reason for their emergency response team’s walk off. These departments do not have much motivation to lie.
The protests have placed many of them on the brink of extinction. If people are already into the idea of stripping the funding away from police departments, why would any officer be willing to provide them with an easy excuse? In this particular instance, we believe that the liberals are the ones who are trying their best to blow this one out of proportion.
If the liberals are not to blame, the police departments are placing themselves on the chopping block and there is no telling what is going to happen next. Atlanta’s dispatchers are doing a good job of explaining things away so far. In a perfect world, they would be telling the truth about the whole thing. Officers need to be held responsible for their actions, without having to force to the whole department to worry about an unwanted reprisal.
It’s hard to make judgement calls when the liberals are going against the police department. We have already decided which direction we are leaning in but we are sure that this is not going to be the last time that we see an argument like this one break out in public. Atlanta and Buffalo are already on the hot seat, as the nation watches closely to learn more about their reactions to what is currently taking place.
All anyone can do in these situations is take a closer look at the facts at hand and act accordingly. While we agree that there is some police reform that can be done, abolishing these services entirely is probably not the best idea. Regardless of where you land on the topic, it is best to refrain from allowing our emotions to control our responses to the news in all instances.