Activists have been aggressively calling to defund the police since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year, but one leader recently experienced why that may not be such a good idea.
Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Brown has based part of his campaign on a push to defund the local police department and revamp the system, but he needed those officers after a recent incident with criminals.
A group of kids stole Brown’s car and drove it down the street, dragging him as they went.
“One kid was in the driver’s seat,” Brown told Fox 5. “Ben attempted to open the door to get him out of the car. He fought with Ben. I then engaged and tried to get him out of the car. The three other kids were trying to figure out how to get in the car or stay out of the car. He started to hit on the gas. Ben let go.”
Brown held onto the car and was dragged down the street before finally giving up and letting go of the vehicle.
“As he started to speed up, and I knew that if I had not let go, I knew I probably could have killed myself because he was going so fast, I would have started to tumble. And I would have hurt him,” Brown said.
According to reports, Brown never saw the theft coming.
“You don’t immediately think, ‘Oh, these kids are going to steal my car,’” Brown told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The incident came after Brown voted to withhold more than $70 million from the local police department until they could reinvent the department. The measure failed.
“The reality is this,” Brown told WAGA-TV. “We need programmatic initiatives in place to help support these kids to be able to give them another pathway instead of them committing crimes.”