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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Police furloughs may have helped Midtown shooters escape

"I requested the air unit for assistance but I was advised they were furloughed tonight."

Those chilling words are from the police incident report written by APD Officer Nicholas F. Parete after Monday's robbery and shooting of Georgia Tech student Patrick Whaley outside his apartment near campus. A Georgia Tech police officer spotted the suspects, but lost track of them when they ditched their stolen car and ran behind houses near the campus.

"Let’s not lose sight of the fact that ultimately it is the level of crime that is important, not the number of police officers."

And those chilling words are from a February 12, 2009 AJC opinion column written by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.

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