The Atlanta Police Department has contradicted previous reports that indicated that 19 officers had resigned in the past two weeks. Instead, the police department reports that only 8 officers have resigned since June 1, 2020.
“We have checked with the source of that claim and they are planning to issue a retraction of that statement because it is not correct and was not verified by APD,” the Atlanta Police Department states.
A statement from Chief Erika Shields – https://t.co/ghR0CiCLFa
— Atlanta Police Department (@Atlanta_Police) June 13, 2020
“The information we have is that eight officers have resigned since June 1. Our personnel data indicates that we have had anywhere from two to six officers resign per month in 2020,” the department adds.
This statement comes amid unrest in the city after the killing of Rayshard Brooks. The unarmed Black man was shot and killed last weekend as officers attempted to arrest him. In addition, the department came under fire after two college students were ripped out of their car during protests in the city earlier this month. Officers involved in both incidents have been let go. Also, Ericka Shields stepped down from her position as police chief last Friday.