Community leaders have questions for Atlanta’s next police chief

JLawrence Miller, President, Adair Park

  • “What level of accountability will officers have to the citizenry, either through the community policing board or directly through the chief and therefore to the citizens?”
  • “I don’t think that the system has worked. What happened on camera [with Rayshard Brooks] is indicative of when the cameras are not running or when someone walks away and is not beat up or killed. Where is that accountability when there is either an ethical or actual violation of law? How about the police department just says that our policy is public safety and that doesn’t entail everything they take on right now?”
  • “There is no trust. If a police officer comes to my door and I own my house, I’m not gonna let him in. In fact, I don’t want to talk to him. I’m much more like to say, ‘Go away.’ How about creating relationships with those of us in Adair Park, so those of us are more likely to recommend that our kids be a part of an organization like Police Athletic League?”
  • “This is the way that we feel. Every voice, everybody, every home matters. It matters.”

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