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Added scrutiny and stress take toll on  mental health of police officers

Added scrutiny and stress take toll on mental health of police officers

Every once in a while, after working long and sometimes grueling shifts, after getting yelled at and spat on and occasionally having plastic cups thrown at him, Officer Brian Vaughan feels so worn down that he wonders if being a cop is still worth it. “I guess the answer, for now, is I’m still here,” the 13-year police veteran says with a thin smile. Vaughan works patrol at the Brookhaven Police Department. It’s past eight in the morning as he sits down at the agency’s Buford Highway headquarters, the quiet beginning of a 12-hour shift that can spin into a…
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Georgians react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

Georgians react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

Guilty on all counts. A nation on edge waited for the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer accused of killing George Floyd last year. In Georgia, many residents breathed a sigh of relief as the verdict was read and Chauvin was found guilty. Georgians took to Twitter to share their emotions about Floyd, Chauvin, and racial justice and equality in the country. The prevailing view appears to be that the nation can heal now and that justice for George Floyd could bring changes to law enforcement and the judicial system. Below are what your fellow Georgians…
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Atlanta Police Department sees uptick in police resignations

Atlanta Police Department sees uptick in police resignations

(The Center Square) – The number of police officers who have resigned from the Atlanta Police Department has doubled in the past three months, department records show. According to numbers obtained by The Center Square, 42 officers resigned between June 1 and Aug. 21, which is twice the number of officers who left the department in the first three months of the year. It’s also a sharp contrast compared with the number of officers who left the department around the same time in 2019. Four officers resigned in both June and August of 2019, records show. Atlanta Police Department spokesperson…
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