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Atlanta police protest via ‘mass call-outs’ that force officers to ‘abandon’ a station after Rayshard Brooks cop charged

ATLANTA police have protested through "mass call-outs" that forced officers to "abandon" a station after the Rayshard Brooks cop was charged.

Officer Garrett Rolfe was charged with murder on Wednesday following the dad's death.

On the same day that the fired officer was charged, several officers allegedly protested through "mass call-outs."

Despite the Atlanta Police Department debunking the idea that that cops in different zone had "walked off the job," it did confirm that there were a high number of call outs.

"The department is experiencing a higher than usual number of call outs with the incoming shift," the department wrote on Twitter.

"We have enough resources to maintain operations and remain able to respond to incidents."

Reports on Twitter claimed that some precincts had as little as two cops in them.
One report said that some officers are not responding to calls in protest of the charge.
During an interview with CNN on Wednesday night, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tried to reassure residents that there are enough police officers on duty to cope with the calls.

"We do have enough officers to cover us through the night," she said. "Our streets won't be any less safe because of the number of officers who called out.

"But it is just my hope again that our officers will remember the commitment that they made when they held up their hand and they were sworn in as police officers."

The police shortage came on the same day that the District Attorney announced Rolfe is facing 11 charges including felony murder – which carries a possible sentence of life, life without parole, or the death penalty.

Howard said Rolfe also faces several aggravated assault charges, and seven violations of office.

In the initial investigation, Howard said authorities spoke with three witnesses and reviewed eight video tapes – including two Atlanta police bodycam tapes, two dashcam tapes, a Wendy’s surveillance tape, and three citizen cellphone videos.

Rolfe, 27, shot Brooks, 27 twice in the back on June 12 outside the fast-food restaurant in Atlanta, where Brooks had fallen asleep in the drive-through.

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