Moderated by Rick Badie
Several in-town communities concerned about neighborhood crime have enjoined law enforcement to rid them of this problem. Today, Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner writes about what’s being done by his department, while a Peoplestown activist offers his view on fighting riff-raff.
By George N. Turner
A recent article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution implied that Mayor Kasim Reed and I have dismissed concerns about an uptick in crime in East Atlanta as “more perception than fact.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m even more concerned that any resident or business owner in the city would believe that I am not concerned by crimes committed against them.
Since I became police chief in Jan.2010, I have pledged never to dismiss any citizen’s concern of crime as a problem with perception. Being robbed at gunpoint is not a perception. It is reality. Having your car broken into, or your home burglarized, is not perception. It