Category: Public Safety

Atlanta extends curfew June 2 as fifth day of protests begins

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has extended a curfew for a fourth night, June 2, ahead of planned protests in Downtown. The curfew will go into effect at 9 p.m. and continue until sunrise on Wednesday, June 3. Protests are expected this afternoon and evening at Centennial Olympic Park, the State Capitol and the Municipal Court building, according to social media posts. The Atlanta Police Department said it has made nearly 400 arrests since protests against the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police began on May...

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Brookhaven pedestrian dies of injuries from May 21 hit-and-run; driver charged with homicide

An 89-year-old pedestrian struck on a Brookhaven sidewalk May 21 by an alleged drunk driver has died, police say. The driver is now charged with first-degree homicide by vehicle. The incident occured at the Atler at Brookhaven apartments at 3833 Peachtree Road. Sima Pevzner of Brookhaven was walking on the sidewalk, according to BPD, when a vehicle drove out of the apartment complex’s parking area, left the roadway and struck her. BPD originally identified the vehicle as a Toyota but now say it was a Lexus. The driver was identified by BPD as Patricia Warrington Long, 53, of Brookhaven....

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Pandemic Roundup: Bars and clubs can reopen; Atlanta mayor urges testing after protests

News updates about the coronavirus pandemic: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and local health officials are concerned that the ongoing protests over the killing of George Floyd could cause a spike in COVID-19 cases. Thousands of people have converged on the city for the past four days in circumstances making social distancing impossible. “If you’re out there protesting, then you need to go get a COVID-19 test this week,” Bottoms said during a weekend press conference. “There’s still a pandemic in America killing black and brown people at a higher rate.” As of 1 p.m. on June 1, there...

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Sandy Springs officers halted, arrested attempted looters on May 29, police department says

Sandy Springs Police officers halted a mass looting attempt at a southern Roswell Road shopping center on the night of May 29-30, and two commercial burglaries in the area may be related, the department says. The incidents happened around the time that rioters looted Phipps Plaza mall and other shopping locations about 3 miles away in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, during protests over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, where a police officer is charged with murder and manslaughter. All of the Sandy Springs incidents happened within a mile of the Buckhead border. Also around the same time, a...

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Dunwoody Police describe how officers warded away 150-200 vehicles from Perimeter Mall during Atlanta looting

The Dunwoody Police Department has described more details about what may have been an intended mass looting of Perimeter Mall early on May 30 as around 150 to 200 vehicles were “escorted” away by officers. The vehicles — many with obscured or out-of-state license plates — came in waves, with some masked and gloved occupants gathering at nearby businesses, DPD said. No arrests were made and no one directly attempted to break into the mall. A restaurant in a nearby shopping center was burglarized, but DPD is still investigating whether it was connected to the groups around the mall....

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Atlanta declares a curfew again for June 1 as fourth day of protests begins

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has extended the curfew for a third night, June 1, ahead of planned protests in Downtown. The curfew will go into effect at 9 p.m. and continue until sunrise on Tuesday, June 2. Protesters rallied at Atlanta City Hall the afternoon of June 1 before marching to to the jail and other parts of Downtown. A larger protest was planned to start at 5 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site and marching to Centennial Olympic Park. Atlanta Police made 292 arrests over the weekend as protests over the killing of...

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On third night of Atlanta protests, no major incidents in Buckhead and local cities

A third night of protests and rioting in Atlanta appeared to be contained in Downtown, as police reported no significant incidents in Buckhead or the local cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Thousands of protesters again gathered on the afternoon of May 31 as part of nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota following an arrest where a police officer is now charged with murder and manslaughter. The Atlanta Police Department said it made 64 arrests, bringing the weekend total to 292. Bolstered by Georgia National Guard troops and Georgia State Patrol officers, APD...

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Man shot to death near Buckhead’s Peachtree Battle Shopping Center

A man was found shot to death in a vehicle near Buckhead’s Peachtree Battle Shopping Center May 31. Officers responding around 10:10 p.m. to the area of 2382 Peachtree Road found the man dead in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound to the torso, according to the Atlanta Police Department. Several firearms were found in the vehicle, according to APD. The victim’s name was not yet released pending notification of family. The killing occurred while protests and rioting were happening in the Downtown area, and two days after looting from previous riots hit the area of the shopping...

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Thousands of protesters gather in Atlanta; two officers fired for excessive force

Thousands of protesters returned to Downtown Atlanta on the afternoon of May 31 of a 9 p.m. curfew imposed for a second night by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Meanwhile, social media rumors of Buckhead protests circulated and the city announced the firing of two Atlanta Police Department officers for excessive force during the previous night’s protests and rioting. MARTA announced it would suspend all rail, bus, streetcar and paratransit services at 9 p.m. on Sunday as part of the curfew extension. Riders should board their last train by 8:30 p.m.; all 38 rail stations will close at 9 p.m....

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Atlanta curfew, Dunwoody stay-at-home advisory come as local cities brace for third night of protests

Atlanta will be under a curfew and Dunwoody is advising residents to stay at home as local cities braced May 31 for a third night of protests and possible riots. Police in Brookhaven and Sandy Springs said they are still considering whether to issue a stay-at-home advisory as protests related to the death of George Floyd began elsewhere. Sandy Springs saw minor looting at three locations on the night of May 29, the first night of protests and riots in Atlanta, police revealed. Further protests on May 31 were starting in downtown Atlanta, and that afternoon a march was...

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Gov. Kemp authorizes 3,000 National Guard troops for possible May 31 statewide protests

Gov. Brian Kemp has authorized a call-up of up to 3,000 Georgia National Guard troops to police “several planned protests” May 31 anywhere in the state. Kemp made the announcement as a second night of protests and rioting continued in Atlanta following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. The protest movement spread across the metro area, with demonstrations in Sandy Springs and Gainesville. Kemp previously authorized 500 National Guard troops for the Atlanta riots and on May 30 they were stationed at a fortified Lenox Square mall in Buckhead. As of the early morning hours of May 31,...

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Dunwoody Police advise residents to stay at home as protests begin elsewhere

The Dunwoody Police Department is advising its city’s residents to stay at home as a second night of metro Atlanta protests begin regarding the case of George Floyd. “Due to groups of protestors gathering in various parts of the metro area, we are asking residents to stay home tonight and avoid areas that may be targets of civil unrest, such as the mall or other retail areas,” DPD said on social media. “We thank you for your assistance as we work to keep Dunwoody safe.” The warning came after nationwide protests and riots on May 29 and into the...

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