What has Atlanta city council done to defund APD?

How city leaders failed us

This year, Atlanta’s City Council voted to increase the police budget by 6%, despite mass demonstrations across the city in response to the deaths of George Floyd, and many others, at the hands of police. Prior to budget approval, Council Member Jennifer Ide introduced an ordinance (20-R-4068) which proposed the withholding of a portion of police spending until the council set a concrete plan to reimagine public safety in Atlanta. After failing to pass, the ordinance briefly reemerged as the Rayshard Brooks Bill, but ultimately remained unsuccessful. On August 3, 2020 the City Council approved a resolution requesting the Atlanta Police Department adopt the 8 Can’t Wait principles and reforms, but the resolution was vetoed by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Despite the woeful inadequacy of the 8 Can’t Wait proposed reforms, Mayor Bottoms refused to make even this symbolic gesture.