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Atlanta city court dismissed 14,500 cases

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ATLANTA (AP) - At least 14,500 municipal court cases in Atlanta have been dismissed since 2007 because of breakdowns in communication between city officials.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Saturday that police failing to appear in court, the city solicitor's office failing to notify officers about court dates, and the court failing to notify the police department about officers failing to appear have all contributed to amount of cases that have been dismissed.

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner says the number of dismissed cases is unacceptable and is not an issue he takes lightly.

City Solicitor Raines Carter says he plans to take a closer look at the issue and meet with other city officials.

The newspaper reports the dismissed cases could have generated about $2 million in fines for the city.

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