The task force announcement comes after another weekend of violence that saw a 15-year-old girl and 22-year-old man shot dead and numerous others wounded.
“For the third time as mayor, I am standing here to talk about a bullet that took the life of a child in our city,” Bottoms said. “There are too many guns on our street and too many people who don’t have regard for basic human life.”
Bottoms mentioned putting additional 250 officers on the streets, expanding camera technology and license plate readers, and 10,000 new street lights.
Bottoms, who is facing an election challenge from Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore and local attorney Sharon A. Gay, fired back at critics who have charged she hasn’t done enough to address crime.
“You can say what you want to say about what you believe to be my deficits – people are entitled to their opinion – but don’t ever question if I care,” Bottoms said. “Whether I’m mayor of this city or not, I’m going to do everything I can possibly do to keep our community safe.”
Watch the full news conference at the video above.