Wealthy Atlanta Suburb of Buckhead Files ‘Divorce Papers’ to Split From Democrat-Run City’s Skyrocketing Crime Rates

Crime in Atlanta has spiked due to the policies of the Democrat mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. As such, the wealthy district of Buckhead is trying to secede from Atlanta. Buckhead’s residents no longer believe that the government of Atlanta can keep them safe.

The crime in cities that are controlled by the Left is out of control. The mayors (and DAs) of these cities are hostile to law enforcement and lenient of criminals. We can expect other districts in cities controlled by the Left to follow Buckhead.

Related – George Soros-funded DAs oversee big cities with skyrocketing crime

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Wealthy Atlanta suburb of Buckhead files ‘divorce papers’ to split from the city and create its own police force after jogger was shot amid skyrocketing crime rates

  • Community activist leading the secession movement spoke out on Thursday
  • Bill White is leading the effort for wealthy Buckhead suburb to form its own city 
  • ‘We filed our divorce papers at the city of Atlanta and our divorce is final,’ he said
  • Residents are frustrated as crime rates in the neighborhood skyrocket
  • On June 5, father-of-three Andrew Worrell was shot and injured while jogging
  • White accuses Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of ignoring rising crime
  • Bottoms on Wednesday signed order designating all city bathrooms ‘all-gender’ 

By Daily Mail, June 17, 2021

A leader in the movement for the wealthy Atlanta suburb of Buckhead to secede from the city has blasted the mayor over rising crime in the area, saying a ‘divorce’ is inevitable.

‘We filed our divorce papers at the city of Atlanta and our divorce is final,’ said Bill White, the CEO of the Buckhead City Committee, in an interview with Fox News on Thursday.

White slammed Atlanta city leadership, including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, accusing her of ignoring soaring crime in Buckhead and presiding over a demoralized and underfunded police department.

It follows a shocking shooting in Buckhead on June 5, when father-of-three Andrew Worrell was struck twice by bullets while jogging at around 8.35am. He survived and has since been released from hospital to recover at home.

‘They are just not paying attention to the crime. The leadership vacuum is substantial,’ White said of Atlanta’s elected officials.

‘I don’t like saying anything bad about Mayor Bottoms. I’m sure she is a nice human being … but she has completely let our officers down,’ he added.

‘They feel demoralized, underpaid, underrecognized and being told not to fight crime in the way they would like to,’ added White.

‘We love the Atlanta police department but we’ll form Buckhead City with its own police department, with significantly greater presence on the streets.’

A spokesperson for Mayor Bottoms did not immediately respond to an inquiry from DailyMail.com on Thursday evening regarding rising crime rates in Buckhead.

Bottoms, who was on President Joe Biden’s shortlist of potential VP picks, has remained active on other fronts this week, on Wednesday signing an order declaring all of Atlanta’s city-owned bathroom ‘all-gender’.

The crime spike in Buckhead so far this year has alarmed residents. Through last week, aggravated assaults were up 52 percent in the wealthy enclave, compared to a rise of 26 percent citywide, according to an analysis of police data by WXIA-TV.

Robberies citywide were up just 2 percent, but in Buckhead they are up 39 percent, while larceny from automobiles rose 40 percent in Buckhead and 27 percent citywide.

Citywide crime statistics (above) show crime rising across Atlanta, but rates are jumping even faster in Buckhead, where aggravated assaults were up 52 percent

‘The people of Buckhead have had enough,’ said White. ‘The criminals here feel emboldened.’

White estimated nearly 80 percent of his community will vote in favor of the separation from Atlanta in a referendum expected to reach the ballot next year.

Currently, a bill authorizing the referendum has been introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives, and the legislature will be able to vote on it in the 2022 session.

Atlanta officials have opposed the idea to separate the wealthy, largely white neighborhood from the rest of Atlanta, which is predominantly black, arguing it would siphon away much of the city’s tax base and, in turn, its budget.

Buckhead’s population is 73.5 percent white and 23.9 percent black. This compares to the wider Atlanta population which is 50.7 percent black and 38 percent white, according to census data.

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