ATLANTA – Police are walking off the job in Atlanta in masses and not answering calls after charges have came down on Garrett Rolfe the officeraccused of murdering Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.
According to the Georgia Law enforcement organization the head of Atlanta’s police union confirmed Wednesday that officers from the Atlanta Police Department in Zones 3 and 6 walked off the job Wednesday afternoon.
We have heard unconfirmed reports of Zones 1,5, and 6 also have left their posts and not answering calls.
Vince Champion, southeast regional director of the International Brotherhood of Police officers, said that police officers had stopped answering calls midshift, in response to charges against Officer Garrett Rolfe who is accused of murdering Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.
“The union, we would never advocate this. We wouldn’t advocate a blue flu,” Champion said. “We don’t know the numbers. Apparently we’re learning that command staff are asking outlying counties for support and aren’t getting it.”
Georgia Bureau of Investagtion says they were requested to do a investigation by Atlanta police department on June 12th, but that investigation is not complete. GBI says that they were not aware of todays press conference where charges were filed against the officer by the District Attorney.
Update: Atlanta Police Department posted on their facebook that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job and was inaccurate. The department is experiencing a higher than average number of call offs with the incoming shift. Police say that they have enough resources to maintain operations and able to respond.
According to Police union paperwork, police are not able to strike per the agreement.