The crime rate in Atlanta is startling. Reports indicate the Atlanta Police Department investigated 157 homicides in 2020 — up from 99 the previous year — and the highest in more than two decades. This has caught the attention of state leaders and even led House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) to call for hearings and an investigation by the House Public Safety and Homeland Security. They held their first meeting Wednesday and began mapping out a plan. 

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