According to the Washington Post, it appears that a mass amount of police officers called in sick just before shift change on Wednesday. The ‘coincidental call outs’ align with the timing right after the officer (Garrett Rolfe) who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks was charged with felony murder. Brooks’ prosecutor alleges that Officer Rolfe kicked him while he was still on the ground, after he shot and killed him.
Though the mayor and the police department did not disclose the exact number of call-outs for work, Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms emphasized that the “streets won’t be any less safe” because of the police no-shows.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta police department issued a tweet denying the massive call-out allegation: