Early last year Mary Norwood, chair of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods and a former mayoral candidate, wrote a letter addressed to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms decrying the city’s rising crime. Norwood, Buckhead community leader Amber Connor and other activists in Atlanta’s Buckhead business section charged that crime levels were even higher than reported by the police. Not much has changed since that time, with the city especially experiencing a rise in shootings, car-jackings and home break-ins. 

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