Officials said on Thursday that every officer with the Atlanta Police Department will receive a $ 500 bonus from a non-profit foundation seeking to boost morale between powers.
The $ 2 million donation made by the Atlanta Police Foundation to the department comes after an unusual number of officers laid off Wednesday evening – daily wages for two officers involved in the murder of Rayshard Brooks were announced.
To give nonprofits and morale, today we gave a $ 500 bonus to every Atlanta Police Department official, In a statement to WAGA-TV.
The foundation means to thank the coronavirus crisis and the long hours that the police have been suffering for the past three months amid protests against police brutality and racial inequality.
No city funds will be used for bonuses. The foundation will also replace 20 police cars that were destroyed a few weeks ago in protests. According to WSB-TVThe first to report donations.
Police are expected to collect bonuses on Friday, but an officer CNN said: “I will believe it when I see it.”
“It was the first time that such a thing was done and the foundation is good people, but only for the APD and definitely about morale,” police said.
Atlanta Police said on Wednesday evening that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard saw “more calls than usual” after announcing the heavy murder charges against former officer Garrett Rolfe.
Rolfe, 27, was fired last week after hitting Brooks twice from behind during a fight outside Wendy’s restaurant.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN on Wednesday that the morale of power “declined ten times”.
“This has been a very difficult week in Atlanta, and with Mr. Brooks’ tragedy … a lot is happening in our city, and police officers are clearly admitting that.”