District 8 Newsletter
J.P. Matzigkeit, City of Atlanta

This first newsletter of the year is typically devoted to our goals, and we’ll get to them. But first I want to turn our attention to the 7-year-old girl being shot and killed by a stray bullet fired from a gang of men fighting in the Phipps Plaza parking lot. This incident reminded me of the equally senseless murder of an 8-year-old girl near downtown on July 4.

It’s not enough to wring our hands and declare that lawlessness must end. To mouth platitudes are to prolong the horror. 

That’s why Council members Howard Shook, Matt Westmoreland and I have contributed a total of $125,000 from our office budgets to the Buckhead Security Plan, a collaborative effort to supplement Atlanta Police protection for our community. 

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