A vocal supporter of the “defund the police” movement, Antonio Brown voted earlier this year to take away $73 million from the Atlanta police budget. He is also a city councilman who is reportedly looking to run as the city’s next mayor.
Around noon, he was attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony in northeast Atlanta when his car was stolen in broad daylight. It was reported that at least four young kids between the ages of 6 and 12 jumped into his car and drove off. Brown exited his vehicle to talk to fellow community leader Ben Norman when he did not realize his keyless push-to-start car had been started.
“One kid was in the driver’s seat. 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. 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 stated. He also added that he attempted to hold onto the vehicle to stop them but was dragged about a block before he let go.
“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,” Brown said.
Brown does not plan on pressing charges against the children, as he believes they acted out of desperation. “This is a generational poverty issue. 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 stated.