Law/Justice

Atlanta police call in sick to protest murder charge against officer who shot Rayshard Brooks

This may not be a winning strategy for the Blue Lives Matter tribe.

By Katie Shepherd

Hours after the Fulton County district attorney announced felony murder and other charges against the former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, in the back, a number of Atlanta police officers called in sick just before a shift change Wednesday evening.

The city was left scrambling to cover absences as the Atlanta Police Department tried to tamp down rumors of a mass police walkout that spread widely on social media.

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