Walter Reeves

Candidate for Atlanta mayor

Website: @for_reeves on Twitter

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What immediate actions will you take as mayor to curb the violent crime occurring in the City of Atlanta?

Escalating violent crime is a problem facing many cities in America. Atlanta must be courageous and  not become the next Olympic City to flop like Sarajevo.

A special Milledgeville Rocket Docket is to be constituted at Atlanta Municipal Court. Criminally insane elements will be banned from the City of Atlanta and transported in a corrections bus to the Central State Hospital facility in Milledgeville.

A special legat [legal attachés] division will be constituted at the Atlanta Police Department.  It is based on the FBI Legat Program initiated by [former FBI director] The Honorable Louis Freeh.

Some Atlanta police officers will be sent to attend the International Law Enforcement  Academy (ILEA) in Budapest.

The “Focused Deterrence Intervention Framework” will be instituted in black neighborhoods in Atlanta. This program was pioneered by Professor David  Kennedy at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.  It can be financed by Atlanta with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The City of Boston was among many cities that had success with this program.

Will you make affordable housing a priority of your administration and continue the commitment made by Mayor Bottoms to invest $1 billion in the effort by 2026?

Affordable housing has been an issue experienced personally by me. When the pandemic hit Atlanta in February 2020, I lost my job at AmericasMart in Downtown Atlanta. I was then booted out of the building in which I had been living. After that, I
lived just like a refugee for several months at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. I eventually received federal assistance and did not squander the opportunity nor the money. The motto of Atlanta is Resurgens. Citizens of Atlanta need a Mayor with proven resilience and with proven refugee skills!

Will transit on the Atlanta BeltLine corridor be a top priority and what will your administration do to fast-track it?

The Atlanta Beltline will NOT be a priority of a Reeves Administration, because  Atlanta has many severe asymmetrical threats to address. One of those is the recent loss of American credibility and military competence following the embarrassing end of Americas’ Longest War. Soon, we will begin America’s Shortest War, whereby the U.S
Navy will get its butt kicked by the Chinese Navy in perhaps less than 72 hours. It will  be worse than Pearl Harbor, because China could quickly seize control of both Hawaii and Taiwan.

Will your administration recommit to combatting climate change and what are some steps you will take to get businesses and residents onboard?

A cardinal issue for cities is water supply. Atlanta sister city Leavenworth is next to the Missouri River. The Chattahoochee River is much smaller. I was living in Athens, GA when the water supply almost ran out during a drought! Something similar should not happen in Atlanta!

How will your administration address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?

There were last summer at least ten small hospitals in rural Georgia that were barely able to make payroll from week to week. During that time, HCA [Hospital Corporation of America] was stacking hundreds of millions of dollars per month for medical services never rendered! That is a scathing example of Medicare fraud on crack! HCA ran the same game in the other regions of the [U.S. Department of] Health and Human Services (HHS). Can you guess the total amount of money Mr. [HHS Inspector General Gary] Cantrell had to claw back from HCA? It was something like $3.5 billion dollars! [Editor’s Note: Hospital Corporation of America announced in October 2020 that it would return $6 billion in CARES Act funding. There was no investigation or request to return the monies by HHS.]

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.