[Ed. – As Bronson Stocking notes, the city downplayed the early reports of a widespread sick-out after the county prosecutor basically tried and sentenced the officer in the Rayshard Brooks case as he announced the charges. The real number was very high, and remained so two days later. Bronson reports that officers are still leery of reporting for duty.]
While Atlanta cops were calling out sick en masse, officials downplayed the reports.
Around 170 officers called out sick with what’s being dubbed the “Blue Flu” in the hours and days immediately following the charges. Most of the “sick” officers worked in the downtown area where protests have taken place. On Friday, two days after the charges were announced, 90 officers called out sick, and half of those officers work in Zone 5, the zone encompassing the protests.