Residents of a posh Atlanta neighborhood plagued by violence seek their own police force.
Residents of an exclusive Atlanta neighborhood plagued by violent crime are reportedly calling for drastic security measures, including the enclave's transformation into an independent city capable of policing itself in the midst of the mayhem.
The Buckhead City Committee will seek emergency hearings on Thursday as part of its efforts to secede from Atlanta, the group's chairman and CEO Bill White said on Wednesday.
“Given everything that has occurred here, it is getting worse and worse,” he stated. “So, in light of the increasing number of murders and attempted murders, the lack of leadership, and the fact that nothing is changing — the insanity continues — we're demanding emergency hearings on our cityhood bills.”
White continued, "I assert that we have three significant issues and that is all we have... criminality, criminality
His appeal comes amid a wave of violence in the affluent neighborhood, including the shooting death of 41-year-old Andrew Worell.
The father-of-three was out for a walk Saturday morning when a silver Hyundai sedan pulled alongside him.
According to her, the second round passed through his hip and into his ball-and-socket joint, then into his lower abdomen before entering his right hip.
Newsom allegedly fired at two other people jogging in the area, but they were not injured.
Deputy Atlanta Police Chief Charles Hampton Jr. stated that Newsom then collided with and seriously injured a man who was taking out the garbage.
He has been charged with attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of firearm possession.
a man was fatally shot Sunday at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead. According to the report, his brother was later charged with the murder.
According to police statistics cited by the network, as of May 29, murders in Atlanta were up 63 percent year to date compared to 2020, with 57 reported this year.
Additionally, the number of shootings increased 45 percent year over year, from 208 in 2020 to 302 this year.
Murders in Buckhead were up 40% year to date as of May 29, with seven this year and five in 2020.
This is a 133 percent increase over the three reported at the same time last year — but murder increased by 200 percent in the most recent 28-day period available.
Two were reported this year, compared to none in 2020, Fox News reported.
“People truly believe this is a crisis — that is the message I am receiving — and that we are living in a war zone,” White told the outlet. “My friends will not stop at a gas station to fill up, even more so if they have children in the car.”
White stated that as part of his committee's efforts to secede from Atlanta, they intend to establish their own police force.
“You will never hear us knocking on the police officers' doors. It is not their fault,” White stated as he described the jurisdiction's lack of cops. “It is a life-threatening situation. It is incomprehensible.”
White was questioned about Buckhead's call for additional cops at a time when citizens across the country have been calling for police budgets to be cut.
“When Buckhead's diverse community hears that, it says, 'Go to hell.' I've spoken with residents of Atlanta, leaders, and residents of some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods... The only thing they're telling me and pleading with me to assist them with is increasing the number of police officers, not decreasing them,” he told Fox News.
"The problem with crime is that it is colorblind. It is affecting black and white people alike... this has nothing to do with politics,” White added.