“We have to support our officers,” Brown said. “There are changes that need to happen in the city of Atlanta.”
APD Assistant Chief Todd Coyt said in a statement that a duty to intervene training initiative for all ranks of the department is underway.
“The training covers the duty to intervene to stop an act of excessive force as well as a duty to intercede in any act which would be illegal, unethical, or diminish the trust of the citizenry,” Coyt said, adding that the training explicitly bars retaliating against an officer who intervenes or reports cases of excessive force.
A recent analysis by the Council on Criminal Justice found that 72 of the 100 largest police agencies in the county had duty to intervene policies; 21 of those were adopted after last June.
DeKalb County police added a similar policy following Floyd’s death.
The Atlanta Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Council’s resolution.