Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has appointed former Assistant Police Chief and current Interim Corrections Chief Rodney Bryant to lead the Atlanta Police Department during a formal search for a new chief.
The Mayor accepted Police Chief Erika Shields’ immediate resignation from that post, in the aftermath of the police-involved shooting and death of Rayshard Brooks, during an encounter on University Avenue, June 12, 2020. The Mayor also called for the termination of the officer who shot Brooks.
In a press conference late Saturday afternoon, Mayor Bottoms expressed her deep sympathies to the Brooks family and said, “What has become abundantly clear over the last couple of weeks in Atlanta is that while we have a police force full of men and women who work alongside our community with honor, respect and dignity – there has been a disconnect with what our expectations are and should be as it relates to interactions with our officers and the communities in which they are entrusted to protect.”
In accepting Shields’ resignation, the Mayor noted her decades of service and deep love for the people of Atlanta. Shields will be reassigned to a new role that has yet to be determined.
The Mayor has also convened an advisory committee to examine the City’s use-of-force policies.
Mayor Bottoms has also issued a series of immediate administrative orders designed to further transform the Atlanta Police Department.