“Reed declares war on gangs” [UPDATE]

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So declares a missive from the Kasim Reed for Mayor campaign.

According to the e-mail, Reed is expected to call for the creation of “Gang Safety Zones” around schools and recreation centers around Atlanta during a 4:30 p.m. press conference at his 964 Ralph David Abernathy Ave. campaign headquarters.

The former state senator will be joined by and receive the endorsements of DeKalb County DA Gwendolyn Keyes-Fleming, Atlanta City Councilmember C.T. Martin, and “a large contingent of high-ranking Atlanta Police Officers,” all of whom “support his strong declaration against gangs and violence.”

As we’ve reported before, the pubic safety/law & order contingent is divided in its support for mayoral candidates.

If any of the “high-ranking” APD officers decide to reveal their names this afternoon, we’ll share them here.

UPDATE Friday 10:08 a.m.:

From this morning’s AJC:

Atlanta police Sgt. Calvin Turner and a half dozen other officers representing a cross-section of Atlanta police, active and retired, were on hand to speak on behalf of what Turner said was about a third of the city’s officers who are neither members of the International Brotherhood of Police, Local 623 or the Police Benevolent Association – organizations that have endorsed Lisa Borders and Mary Norwood, respectively.

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