Atlanta mayoral candidate and city councilman Antonio Brown is standing by his initial calls to defund police after several children stole his Mercedes in broad daylight on Wednesday, according to reports.
Councilman Antonio Brown, who voted in support of an ordinance to withhold $73 million from the budget of the Atlanta Police Department last year, was attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony in northeast Atlanta around noon when at least four kids jumped into his car and took off, FOX 5 of Atlanta reported.
But the incident has not changed the councilman’s outlook on police, according to The Independent.
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Brown told reporters during a virtual Thursday press conference that no amount of additional policing would have prevented the car from being sold, according to the outlet.
“This was not a circumstance of a number of officers on the beat,” Brown told The Independent in response to a question about whether the theft highlights a need for more policing. “This was a circumstance of these kids operating within whatever they felt was necessary for their own survival, a situation of generational poverty and acting on this basis of survival.”
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