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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the resignation of APD Chief Erika Shields in a press conference Saturday, following the death of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, who was shot and killed by an APD officer on Friday night.
On the evening of Friday, June 12, 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by an Atlanta Police Department officer in the parking lot of the Wendy's restaurant on University Avenue in Peoplestown.
This time of unrest offers the chance to take a different path forward and lead the Atlanta region, the South, and the nation toward a more equitable future. We must take the lessons (both good and bad) from our courageous past to realize a New Atlanta Way.
If Atlanta’s most famous hip-hop stars want to participate in activism, they’ll have to reckon with their own elite statuses
While it’s certainly possible to both empathize with protesters and feel pained to see the city in chaos, Atlanta's mainstream hip-hop artists also benefit financially from encouraging peace. As entrepreneurs and longtime ambassadors of a city that is a hub for Black businesses, their economic success and the continued growth of Atlanta are indisputably linked. Even if they came from the Black working class and genuinely wish to advocate for them, refusing to acknowledge this reality dilutes their messages.
Starting around 3 p.m. from Centennial Olympic Park, young and old activists holding signs and chanting the names of black people killed by police marched south toward the CNN Center and through downtown before ending at the Georgia Capitol. Then they marched back toward Centennial Olympic Park where APD officers corralled the crowd in front of CNN Center. Around 7 p.m., the peaceful march and protest changed in tone as scuffles and confrontations between some protesters and police escalated into a relatively small number of protesters setting a police car on fire and spray painting the CNN Center.
On Wednesday, the mayor announced Atlanta would enter the next phase of its re-opening plan. Here’s your Thursday morning update.
On Thursday, Atlanta's mayor released a five-phase plan for re-opening. Here’s your Friday morning update.
On Tuesday, hospitalizations for COVID-19 reached their lowest level since early April. Here’s your Wednesday morning update.
On Tuesday, the mayor addressed recent crowds. Here’s your Wednesday morning update.
On Monday, Georgia DPH revamped its coronavirus data dashboard and restaurants began opening dining rooms. Here’s your Tuesday morning update.