(ConservativePeak.com)- On Thursday, the Atlanta Police Foundation announced that all Atlanta Police Department officers will be granted a $500 bonus as a thank you for their additional work manning the far-left Black Lives Matter Riots – but the bonuses won’t be coming from city funds.
Representatives of the Atlanta Police Foundation said that the bonus was a thank you for their additional work in recent months, which also covers their time spent working during the coronavirus lockdown.
In a statement, the Atlanta Police Foundation said it was also an effort to “boost morale.”
As well as the bonus, the APF also announced that they will be giving free meals to officers who work 12-hour shifts, and replacing over 20 police cars that were destroyed during the Antifa and Black Lives matter riots. The foundation was able to raise over $2 million to pay for the initiative, with none of the money coming from city funds.
“The plan will reflect the ideas of a broad array of law enforcement, business, social justice, and community experts,” the statement reads. “It will identify standards of operational excellence and reflect best practices from successful public safety programs across the nation, including some of our own work in Atlanta.”
The Atlanta Police Department has experienced a great deal of struggles in recent weeks. Most recently, the department was embroiled in a scandal involving former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe who shot Rayshard Brooks, a man who resisted arrest. Brooks was found drunk and in charge of a vehicle that was parked in a Wendy’s drive-thru. When Brooks was arrested and given a blood alcohol level test, he attacked the police officers, resisted arrest, stole a taser, and ran away. As he was running. Brooks turned around and shot the police officers with the taser, which resulted in Rolfe firing his weapon.
Owing to the tension after the George Floyd death, and the Black Lives Matter riots, Rolfe was charged with felony murder and could potentially face death row – just for defending himself against a criminal with a weapon.
Morale in the police department is, understandably, low. The city’s Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, said it is “down tenfold.”