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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.
Our investigation of thousands of pages of internal-affairs documents raises questions about reform at the beleaguered department.
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.
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?
In other words, Atlanta, don’t look for police body cameras any time soon.
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.
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.
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