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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?
APD Body Cameras

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.

Do The Right Thing

Police Chief Paige McNeese leans back in his chair and pensively tugs on a Marlboro. "That word, hero," he says, "it can backfire on you in a heartbeat."

Do the Right Thing: A Police Chief in Luthersville Takes a Chance on Richard Jewell

His office in the back of the Luthersville Town Hall is compact and plain: walls painted off-white, a green Army surplus desk and filing cabinet and two chairs for visitors. Propped up in a corner behind his desk is the odd combination of a shotgun, a rifle and a fishing pole.

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