Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat will reportedly hire 250 new police officers after a major surge in homicides.
Homicides surged 58 percent in 2020 according to reporting from AJC.
Atlanta City Council member Howard Shook said in a statement last month “Stop minimizing our concerns by telling us that ‘crime is up everywhere.’ Spare us from the lie that the steady outflow of our officers isn’t as bad as it is. It will take a lot to turn this around. But here, in descending order, are the three things we need to begin: leadership, some leadership, any leadership.”
The report adds that former APD investigator Lakea Gaither said Bottoms has “lost the confidence of the officers.”
In an effort to stem the tide of violence “90 police recruits are currently in the pipeline, and that [Bottoms] is working with the City Council to enact a retention bonus for officers.”
Bottoms will be challenge this year from Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore who has vowed to make fighting crime her top priority.
Moore said “Atlanta has a mayor that is more interested in things that happen outside Atlanta and outside Georgia. We need a mayor who knows the number one job of any mayor is to keep our city safe. That’s not our current mayor.”