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Police chases are dangerous. Why do they still happen?
In 2019, then police chief Erika Shields suspended Atlanta Police Department’s chase policy. Her successor, Rodney Bryant, enacted a revised policy less than a year after the original had been suspended. But chases remain controversial.
Ahmaud Arbery and Eurie Martin met similar fates, so why did a mistrial over the central Georgia man’s death go largely unnoticed?
As was the case with Ahmaud Arbery, Eurie Martin was unarmed and on foot, passing through a neighborhood not his own. One jogged, the other walked. Martin was 58; Arbery was 25. But their final minutes alive were eerily consistent, fraught with confusion and fear. Each had been chased by a heavily armed trio of middle-aged white men, although it seems likely neither Arbery or Martin would've known why. They were outnumbered and on their own.
What will it take for APD to change the way it polices itself?
Our investigation of thousands of pages of internal-affairs documents raises questions about reform at the beleaguered department.
Who polices the Atlanta police?
Anyone who feels they’ve been wronged by an Atlanta police officer can voice their concern to the city’s Citizen Review Board. Here's what you need to know about them.
What is Georgia’s proposed police protections bill? And why is it controversial?
Georgia House Bill 838 passed the legislature in June and is on Governor Brian Kemp's desk. While proponents say it provides necessary protections for police and first responders, some civil rights groups argue that it is a tool to muzzle protestors. Here's how the legislation quickly came to be and what people are saying about it.
The Chief: Erika Shields wants to change the way Atlanta police tackle crime
Atlanta Police Department chief Erika Shields has a lot of progressive ideas, such as having APD build relationships with the city’s top 100 young offenders to help break the vicious cycle of arrests and jail. But will Atlanta's next mayor keep her around?
Atlanta’s police body cameras put on hold by court
In other words, Atlanta, don’t look for police body cameras any time soon.
Commentary: Why isn’t every cop wearing a camera by now?
Last month, a DeKalb County patrolman shot and killed an unambiguously unarmed man, drawing an investigation and protest. Two weeks ago, a North Charleston police officer shot and killed an unambiguously unarmed man, drawing an investigation and protest.
One Square Mile: Kingston, Georgia
The police chief has several guns, including a 12-gauge shotgun and a semiautomatic rifle, but he almost never puts them to use. “This is the modern Mayberry,” says T.J. Sosebee, the only full-time officer in Kingston, population 646, a hidden Bartow County village on a narrow plain between Cartersville and Rome.
Inside the APD’s video surveillance room
As it reaches the fifth floor of a nondescript Downtown high-rise, the elevator chimes open to a waiting area, modern and clean, with exposed ductwork, tall windows, and sleek, silver vinyl chairs. But that’s where the welcome ends.
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