Every Atlanta cop is given a $500 thank you bonus just one day after scores of police called out sick in protest over murder charges filed against the officer who killed Rayshard Brooks
- The Atlanta Police Foundation said it had paid a $500 bonus to every Atlanta police officer on Thursday
- It adds up to about $2 million but the foundation said no city funds will be used
- It will instead come from money the foundation has raised, the group said
- The foundation said the bonuses were a thank you for the long hours put in by officers over the past three months
- It comes as a number of Atlanta cops called out sick on Wednesday and Thursday to protest the filing of murder charges against Garrett Rolfe
- Rolfe has been charged with felony murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot last week
Atlanta police have each been given a $500 bonus just one day after scores of cops walked off the job in protest over murder charges filed against the officer who shot dead Rayshard Brooks.
The Atlanta Police Foundation said it had paid a $500 bonus to every Atlanta police officer on Thursday.
It adds up to about $2 million.
No city funds will be used to pay out the bonuses and it will instead come from money the foundation has raised, the group said.
‘We felt like it was important at this time because the morale is at the level, there is the rumors of other officers leaving, and we just do not want to lose good police officers,’ Dave Wilkinson, of the Atlanta Police Foundation, told WSBTV.
The foundation said the bonuses were a thank you for the long hours put in by officers over the past three months.
Atlanta police have each been given a $500 bonus just one day after scores of cops walked off the job in protest over murder charges filed against the officer who shot dead Rayshard Brooks
They will also be putting funds towards purchasing 20 new police cars that have been destroyed during protests across the city in recent weeks.
The news came as a number of Atlanta cops called out sick to protest the filing of murder charges against Garrett Rolfe in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot last week.
Atlanta’s interim police chief has acknowledged that members of the force feel abandoned amid protests demanding massive changes to policing.
Interim Chief Rodney Bryant said the sick calls began Wednesday night and continued through Thursday, but he said the department had sufficient staff to protect the city.
It’s not yet clear how many officers called out or if it continued into Friday.
‘Some are angry. Some are fearful. Some are confused on what we do in this space. Some may feel abandoned,’ Bryant told the AP of the officers.
‘But we are there to assure them that we will continue to move forward and get through this.’
The Atlanta Police Department tweeted on Thursday that it was still equipped to respond to 911 calls despite reports officers had been calling out sick in protest
Garrett Rolfe (left) and Devin Brosnan (right) have both been charged over Rayshard Brooks’ death. Rolfe is charged with felony murder, while Brosnan is charged with aggravated assault and violation of his oath
Body camera video provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows Rayshard Brooks speaking with Officer Rolfe in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant on June 12 prior to the shooting
Rolfe was taken into custody on Thursday after being charged with felony murder and a string of other charges over Brooks’ shooting death.
Rolfe surrendered to authorities on Thursday evening and is now being held at the Fulton County jail.
He was fired by the city’s police department on Saturday – a day after the shooting in the parking lot of a Wendy’s fast food restaurant.
Rolfe was charged with felony murder and 10 other counts after video showed him shooting Brooks twice in the back with his service handgun after a scuffle in which Brooks stole his taser.
A second officer on the scene, Devin Brosnan, did not discharge his weapon. He faces a handful of lesser charges, including aggravated assault and violation of his oath.
The killing of Brooks came amid a national wave of protests sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
That officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with second-degree murder. Three other Minneapolis police officers have been charged with aiding and abetting.
Atlanta Police Foundation announced on Thursday it would give every Atlanta officer a bonus of $500 as a thank you for their work over past three months. Police are pictured above during a Black Lives Matter protest in Atlanta on June 13