Vince Champion, the southeast regional director of the International Brotherhood of Police, acknowledged that the firing and criminal charging of Officer Garrett Rolfe had had a devastating impact upon the morale of Atlanta Police Officers in an interview on Thursday.
Champion who is the leader of the union that represents Atlanta’s police, described the series of events as “the worst day in law enforcement in the city of Atlanta that’s ever been.”
Reports indicate that hundreds of Atlanta Police Officers had walked off the job after Fulton County Prosecutor Paul Howard filed criminal charges against Rolfe in the shooting of Rayshard Brooks. Rolfe shot and killed the repeat felon when he resisted arrest for driving under the influence, when Brooks stole an officer’s taser and attempted to use it against two law enforcement officers.
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