BREAKING: Atlanta Police Seeing ‘Higher Than Usual Number Of Call Outs’, Comes After D.A. Charged Police Officer With Murder Of Rayshard Brooks

The Atlanta Police Department (APD) said on Wednesday evening that they are seeing a “higher than usual” number of police officers not coming in for their shifts. This comes just hours after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced that the police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks last week was charged with felony murder.

The statement from APD came after numerous reports began to swirl online suggesting that police officers were walking off the job in response to Howard’s announcement.

APD tweeted: “Earlier suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate. The department is experiencing a higher than usual number of call outs with the incoming shift. We have enough resources to maintain operations & remain able to respond to incidents.”

Some tweets that went viral online, which APD’s statement disputes, came from conservative media personalities.

Fox News contributor Johnny Jones tweeted: “Text from APD officer: ‘I can confirm the walk-off is real. Whole shifts have left and overnight shifts are refusing to come in’”

Steve Deace, who has a podcast at The Blaze, tweeted: “Just got this email from an Atlanta police officer: ‘Atlanta police officers are refusing to answer the radio and walking off of the job. The county can go screw themselves. If you want a society without police we’ll give you one. Let it burn!’”

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