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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms blames city's violent crime spike on Republicans reopening too early, Georgia's governor strikes back

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has blamed the current violent crime spike in her city on Georgia's Republican governor reopening too early. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp refuted those claims and told Bottoms to look at her party's "anti-police agenda" for the surge in violent crime.

Homicides in Atlanta are up 58% compared to 2020, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which noted that there were 157 homicides in a "historically deadly 2020," the most in more than two decades. In June, murders and shootings are up 40%. All while Atlanta's police force "remains more than 400 officers under its authorized level." There were 200 police officers who quit the force in 2020, and another 75 cops left since the start of the year.

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