Atlanta police will no longer chase hijackers and burglars Locals fear rising crime
Atlanta police chief Erika Shields, publicly announced at a Friday press conference that from now on everyone who has been robbed can say goodbye to their property forever since patrol police are forbidden to chase hijackers in hot pursuit.
Does this mean that it is possible, literally in front of the nose of the police, to take out the bags of the loot and to escape in a stolen car without fear of persecution? - Yes, says Shields.
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields on APD's Pursuit Policy https://t.co/InDxoiUi7Y— Atlanta Police Department (@Atlanta_Police) January 3, 2020
This decision was based on several accidental death that occurred during the chase.
“I don’t want to see us cost someone their life in pursuit of an auto theft person or burglar, when the courts aren’t even going to hold them accountable” Shields said. “How can we justify that?”
“Following the December collision that killed Mark Hampton, 43, and Jermanne Jackson, 44, the Atlanta Police Department arrested Marguell Scott and Emmanuel Fambro, both 19, and charged them with murder and other crimes. Scott had been acquitted of a Fulton County murder in September and remained in custody without bond Friday on the more recent charges. The murder charge against Fambro was later dropped, although he still faces charges of obstruction, possessing a gun during the commission of a felony and gang participation, records show. He was freed on a $12,000 bond on Dec. 21, records show,” reports AJC.
PJ Media has already described this “Novation” as pandering crime at all levels and following latest trends, justifying theft:
“In enacting her no-pursuit policy, Chief Shields is merely following the latest fashion trend in law enforcement, or perhaps more aptly, non-law enforcement. It is all the rage among those social justice warriors who have wormed their way into the criminal justice woodwork to tolerate or excuse theft, drug use, and all manner of other antisocial behavior. In California, criminal justice reforms like Proposition 47, passed in 2014, have reduced the state’s prison population at the cost of rising crime on the streets. Shoplifters are aware they face little risk of consequences if they keep the value of their stolen loot below $950. (Scenes like this one, in which shoplifters don’t even bother with a pretense of secrecy in their thievery, have become common across the state.)”
The overwhelming majority of local residents have already expressed unflattering comments on this policy, saying that it is nothing more than a step towards increasing crime.
Preposterous! Now we get to sit by idly and watch crime rise in Atlanta. Time to move to Cobb County where this wouldn’t even be considered! #insanity— Jeff Hochberg (@jeffhochberg) January 3, 2020
I understand that Chief Shields is trying to protect her officers from from our worthless DA. But this leaves law abiding citizens in a very vulnerable position. Criminals already come to Atlanta to commit crimes due to lax judges. This will not end well.— Maria Furth (@MariaFurth) January 5, 2020
Now we know the Atlanta Police are corrupt and absolutely USELESS. Time to start arming yourselves, people. You can't count on them for anything.— ProudAmerican (@ProudPatriotMe) January 5, 2020