Pre-teen car thieves reportedly stole the vehicle of a politician who previously voted to subtract millions from the Atlanta, Ga., police department budget.
City councilman Antonio Brown, who is running for mayor, was among seven of his colleagues to vote to strip $73 million from the Atlanta PD’s budget, even with crime running rampant in the city. The ordinance was narrowly voted down.
Brown is an advocate of “reimagining” or reinventing public safety in the city, but in this encounter, he followed the less-innovative approach of calling 911.
In the incident that occurred shortly before noon on Wednesday, Brown he said he just exited his Mercedes to engage in a discussion with community leaders about affordable housing when a nearby group of young kids no older than 12, and one of whom might have been as young as 6, allegedly jumped in the vehicle, which has a keyless ignition system, and started the engine.
Brown and another man reportedly grappled with the youngster in the driver’s seat, and the lawmaker said the vehicle dragged him for a half a block before he let go, and the thieves continued to drive off.
In perhaps another form of irony after he called for help, “The councilman said it took police 45 minutes to arrive because 911 incorrectly assigned it as low-priority dispatch,” WSB-TV Atlanta reported.
Cops later found the vehicle after a few hours, but it’s unclear if they arrested anyone. Councilman Brown has indicated that he is not interested in press charges, anyway.
In a live shot with Fox 5 Atlanta, Brown implied that socioeconomic issues led to the theft. “Generational poverty has gone on long enough; it’s time that we start addressing the root of this problem because there is no amount of officers you’re gonna put on the streets in Atlanta that could have stopped this from happening,” he claimed.
Brown also wondered why the kids weren’t in school at the time.
(Video: Fox 5 Atlanta)
Brown is hoping to succeed Joe Biden potential 2020 running mate and incumbent Keisha Lance Bottoms who unexpectedly abandoned a bid for a second term as mayor. There at least three other candidates in addition to Brown vying for the Atlanta mayoralty.
“Brown is under indictment on several federal fraud charges. Prosecutors said the councilman lied about his income on applications to obtain loans and credit cards used for personal purchases. All of the alleged incidents occurred years before he won the council seat in 2019,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
“Earlier this year, [Brown] sponsored a City Council ordinance to look into the feasibility of restructuring Atlanta’s public safety agencies and creating a new city department focused on ‘wellness,'” the news outlet added.
In general, leftists in America’s Democrat-run cities continue to push for law enforcement defunding and/or turning over some functions to unarmed social workers and the like even as the quality of life decays in those municipalities.
In some instances, however, liberals have abandoned theory and found themselves having to increase funding for cops as crime spirals out of control.
Twitter is taking notice of the possible karmic implications. Here is a sampling:
Did he call the police to report the crime? Or he celebrated the fact that the thieves were able to avoid the evil police and stole the car?
— Solomon Tatwebwa (Tatz) (@TatzSolomon) May 27, 2021
Surprised he called the cops and not a social worker
— AlexMakesJokes🧢 (@AlexMakesJokes) May 27, 2021
Actually it doesn’t, the police found the vehicle, he didn’t nor any social worker found it. One of the offenders was as young as 6 or 7. I bet the others are also school age. I guess the school system and teachers fail, as well as the parents. Defund schools!!
— Hulk (@Hulk62333925) May 27, 2021
I wonder who he called to make a report ?🤔 Maybe a mall security guard ? Or even maybe a school crossing guard ?😂😂😂
— Joey from Brooklyn (@JosephM36944698) May 27, 2021
Democrat ideas do democrats things lol
— Oberisk (@0berisk) May 27, 2021
Who did he call, Ghostbusters?
— John Jasper – Two Flags Estate (@jbjasper) May 27, 2021
Is his insurance coverage considered “infrastructure?”
— me, myself & I (@cnmatthews) May 27, 2021
Did he call AOC?
— sportsguy_rich (@sportsguy_rich) May 27, 2021
When karma hits your dogma.
— @BigGorilla4 (@BigGorilla4) May 27, 2021
Let them carry on. The only way these socialist elites are going to learn is when nobody comes to their rescue and their loved ones are affected.
— Redford (@Reddles_KZN) May 27, 2021
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