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Erika Shields

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigns following the death of Rayshard Brooks

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.
Rayshard Brooks Protest

What we know so far about the killing of Rayshard Brooks

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.
Atlanta must lead the way in advancing racial equity

Atlanta must lead the way in advancing racial equity

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.
T.I. Killer Mike The Dream Atlanta celebrities speaking on protest

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.

What happened yesterday in Atlanta

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.
Atlanta coronavirus updates

Atlanta’s latest coronavirus updates: Thursday, May 28

On Wednesday, the mayor announced Atlanta would enter the next phase of its re-opening plan. Here’s your Thursday morning update.
Atlanta Coronavirus updates

Atlanta’s latest coronavirus updates: Friday, May 22

On Thursday, Atlanta's mayor released a five-phase plan for re-opening. Here’s your Friday morning update.
Atlanta coronavirus updates

Atlanta’s latest coronavirus updates: Wednesday, May 20

On Tuesday, hospitalizations for COVID-19 reached their lowest level since early April. Here’s your Wednesday morning update.
Atlanta coronavirus update

Atlanta’s latest coronavirus updates: Wednesday, May 6

On Tuesday, the mayor addressed recent crowds. Here’s your Wednesday morning update.
Atlanta coronavirus updates

Atlanta’s latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, April 28

On Monday, Georgia DPH revamped its coronavirus data dashboard and restaurants began opening dining rooms. Here’s your Tuesday morning update.

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