“We’re dealing with a mayor who voted to defund the police.”
Buckhead City Committee CEO Bill White joined Fox & Friends First to discuss the dire situation and shocking spike in violent crimes in his Atlanta suburb —now he’s looking to secede from the city.
“We are really feeling like this is a war zone, and I don’t say that lightly… this is murder and mayhem…We are dealing with a mayor who voted to defund the police.”
White continues, explaining it’s tough to attract police officers to a city with a mayor who doesn’t want them.
“It’s obvious that police officers do not want to come work for a mayor or a city that does not back them, so Buckhead wants to take things into its own hands,” he continued.
“The wealthy Atlanta enclave has been fighting to become independent of the state’s capital as rampant crime has plagued the neighborhood, but has been unsuccessful so far in getting the measure on an election ballot,” Fox News reports.
According to Fox News tracking, “rape is up 80% as of June 18, burglaries are up 26%, and robberies are up 8%.”
“We’re short 180 police officers, so what are we supposed to do?” White said. “They said this has never been done taking a part of a city out and making its own city from that, but we’re going to do it, and we’re going to absolutely love our police.”
“We’re going to pay them, we’re going to give them a take-home car, we’re going to welcome them,” he continued. “We’re going to honor them every day and make up for this dumbest move of the century, this ‘defund the police,’ and turn that on its heels and put the smack down on the crime here in Buckhead once and for all, and have a happy place to live.”
White also expressed his gratitude for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who has supported his efforts.
“Thanks to Gov. Kemp, he’s come in to help save Buckhead, but he’s not the mayor of Atlanta, so that’s a temporary fix for what we’re endorsing,” White said. “But if Stacey Abrams was the governor, this wouldn’t be happening, so that’s why we’re voting for Brian Kemp for governor.”
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