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Atlanta Makes Abortion Cases a Low Priority for Police

Your AM Rundown: Plus, NFL alums are hosting a “Vaccinate and Tailgate” event this weekend.

This week, the Atlanta City Council passed a resolution to make investigating abortions a low-level priority for law enforcement. (Catherine McQueen/Getty Images)

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Here’s what’s up in Atlanta today: 

  • Atlanta police won’t be cracking down on abortions any time soon. This week, the City Council passed a resolution to make investigating abortions a low-level priority for law enforcement. Introduced by council member Liliana Bakhtiari, the resolution also states that no city funds will be used to record or investigate abortion care reports. “The Atlanta City Council supports a woman’s choice to choose,” the resolution reads.
  • You might see more officers in DeKalb County school buildings. The Board of Education and Board of Commissioners discussed adding 22 more resource officers to their current staff of 78 on Wednesday. The new officers will be hired after the upcoming budget is approved by the county school board — which is supposed to happen by June 30.  
  • Affordable housing in Old Fourth Ward is on its way. Officials broke ground Wednesday on an apartment complex with 270 units. The complex will be right next to Mercy Care near the Jackson Street bridge and will provide units for residents earning 30% to 80% of the area’s median income.
  • Atlanta still doesn’t really know what to do with its detention center. A few weeks back, community members called on the city to close the Atlanta City Detention Center. Now, a resolution has been introduced in the City Council to turn it into a resource center named after the late activist and U.S. Rep. John Lewis. In the new center, services including mental health support and transitional housing would be provided. It’s uncertain whether it will pass.
  • Looking to get vaxxed? Well, this could be your chance. On Saturday at Atlanta City Hall, former Falcons running back Warrick Dunn and other NFL alumni are throwing a “Vaccinate and Tailgate” event. Bonus: $100 gift cards will be given away to those who get their first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. More deets here.

ICYMI: Mark your calendars folks, Capital B Fest is going down June 28-29. We’ve got discussions. We’ve got guests. And it’s all virtual. Register here

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