Atlanta Police Commander Says He Was Forced into Retirement

May 5, 2011  |  

(AJC) — The man many Midtown residents credit for reducing crime in their neighborhoods said in an email sent Tuesday night he was “forced into retirement” after leaking a proposed restructuring that would eliminate community-oriented policing.  “[Deputy Chief Ernest] Finely is proposing to change the mission of this precinct and assign our officers as beat officers, responding to 911 calls, solely,” Maj. Khirus E. Williams, Zone 5 commander, wrote in an email dated April 20. Once considered a rising star within the department, Williams, a 26-year APD veteran, was mentioned as a candidate to replace former Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington after his retirement in 2010.

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