'Defund the Police' Advocate Has Car Stolen by Kids in Broad Daylight
Anti-police Councilman Antonio Brown aims to be city's next mayor
An Atlanta city councilman, who voted to defund the police, has had his car stolen by children in broad daylight, according to reports.
The kids jumped in Councilman Antonio Brown's car and took off while he was attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony at an event in northeast Atlanta.
"You don’t immediately think, ‘Oh, these kids are going to steal my car,’" Brown said, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The councilman's car was stolen as the city is currently seeing a wave of crime.
Brown, aiming to become the city's next mayor, is running on a campaign of "reimagining public safety," the paper reported.
In 2020, Brown voted in support of withholding $73 million from the budget of the Atlanta Police Department.
According to Brown, the thieves jumped in his car after he got out to speak with community leader Ben Norman.
Brown failed to realize his car had been started.
FOX 5 reported that the councilman described the kids as being between ages 6 and 12
"One kid was in the driver’s seat," Brown said.
"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," he added.
"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," Brown said.
Brown was dragged about a block down the road after attempting to hold onto the car to stop the kids.
"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," the councilman said.
Brown said he does not plan on filing charges against the kids, who say they were acting out of desperation, according to Atlanta's WSB-TV.
"This is a generational poverty issue," he said.
"These kids, it’s 12:30 in the afternoon. Why aren’t they in school?"
"Why aren’t we enforcing systems to ensure that if they are not in school, they’re in recreational centers?" he said.