Last week during an Atlanta City Council meeting, the head of the city's police union said dangerous streets have created a "war against police officers."

Lt. Kevin Knapp made the observation during a briefing he gave city council members on the number of officers who have or are trying to leave the force.

Knapp later clarified his viewpoint. He explained his comment had more to do with a lack of fear some individuals have of the criminal justice process, Fox 5 reports.

"And we (officers) are part of that system," the lieutenant said. "It's like, 'I don't feel like going to jail today.'"