Politician who voted to defund the police has car stolen in broad daylight

A prominent left-wing politician and mayoral candidate has thanked authorities for their efforts following the theft of his car, despite voting to defund the local police department last year.

Antonio Brown, city council member for Atlanta, was attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday afternoon with local community leader Ben Norman when his white Mercedes was jacked by four black youths.

“One kid was in the driver’s seat,” Brown told Fox 5 Atlanta. “Ben attempted to open the door to get him out of the car. He fought with Ben. I then engaged and tried to get him out of the car. The three other kids were trying to figure out how to get in the car or stay out of the car. He started to hit on the gas. Ben let go.

“As he started to speed up, and I knew that if I had not let go, I knew I probably could have killed myself because he was going so fast, I would have started to tumble. And I would have hurt him,” he added.

The councilman expressed his thanks to “everyone that reached out to check on me” in a tweet on Thursday, revealing that the car had not been recovered. He reserved special thanks to Atlanta Police “for taking swift action to address the situation”.

Critics have highlighted his hypocrisy after he voted to withhold $73 million in funding to the Atlanta Police Department’s budget last year.

When pressed on his anti-police voting record and the potential need for more officers to police the streets, Mr Brown played down the effect more police on the beat could have had in this instance.

“It’s unfortunate, in addition, the Major who was on the scene stated that no amount of officers in the field could have prevented the incident from happening that occurred with my vehicle being stolen. I support reimagining public safety as I’ve always stated in every public and private conversation on this issue.

“This was a circumstance of these kids operating within whatever they felt was necessary for their own survival, a situation of generational poverty and acting on this basis of survival,” he said of the carjacking youths.